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Huperzia lucidula (Shining firmoss)
Cressler, Alan

Huperzia lucidula

Huperzia lucidula (Michx.) Trevis.

Shining Firmoss, Shining Clubmoss

Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss Family)

Synonym(s): Huperzia lucidula var. tryonii, Huperzia selago ssp. lucidula, Lycopodium lucidulum, Lycopodium lucidulum var. tryonii, Lycopodium reflexum, Urostachys lucidulus

USDA Symbol: HULU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: Mat-forming plant with trailing, decumbent stems to 3 three feet in length and rising to about 8 inches.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Non-flowering, sporulating species.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NM , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Huperzia lucidula in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Huperzia lucidula in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Huperzia lucidula


Record Modified: 2015-11-11
Research By: JAM

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