West Highland Flora

Fir Clubmoss


Huperzia selago

Other names: Lycopodium selago

Huperzia selago

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Sep 2001 Cuillins, Skye

Frequent on high ground among heather, moss, rocks etc..  Can be found well below the zone in which truly alpine plants occur, but not generally down to sea-level.

Leaves c 5-7 mm long

ID: No creeping stems, all upright or ascending, stiff, green or yellowish, not bluish.  Leaves untoothed or with very tiny non-hairlike teeth.  Leaf-tip sharply pointed but not extended into a hair or spine.  Cream-coloured spore-capsules among upper leaves, as in pic on left, rather than in a terminal cone.

Other features: Detachable buds (gemmae) also found at base of some leaves, by which the plant reproduces vegetatively.  Many of the stems fork into two just above the base.

 

Huperzia selago

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye

  Huperzia selago

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Feb 2004 Penifiler, Skye
Height of plant = 6.5 cm


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