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Class
Lycopodiopsida (Clubmosses)
Family
Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss Family)
State Protection
Endangered
Federal Protection
Not Listed
State Conservation Status Rank
S1
Global Conservation Status Rank
G5

Summary

State Ranking Justification

There are no verified occurrences, only 2 historical specimens in the state, not surveyed yet.

Conservation and Management

Habitat

Habitat

In 2009, Fir Clubmoss was rediscovered in New York State for the first time since 1914. It was found in growing in sandy soil, in poor pasture reverting to dense cedar. The few historical records of this species in the state are also from pasturelands (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011). Ditches, swales, swamps, rarely into alpine zone (Haines 1998). Terrestrial in sandy borrow pits, ditches, lakeshore swales, and conifer swamps, rarely on acidic, igneous rock or calcareous coast cliffs (FNA 1993a).

Associated Ecological Communities

  • Northern white cedar rocky summit*
  • Pastureland

Associated Species

  • Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar, arbor vitae)

Range

New York State Distribution

This low herb is known from one locality in St. Lawrence County with historical records also in St. Lawrence County and one place in Essex County.

Identification Comments

Best Time to See

Fir Clubmoss is best sought when the "fruit"(spores) are present, from July through September.

  • Vegetative
  • Fruiting

The time of year you would expect to find Fir Clubmoss vegetative and fruiting in New York.

Taxonomy

Fir Clubmoss
Huperzia selago (L.) Bernh. ex Mart. & Schrank

  • Kingdom Plantae
    • Phylum Lycophyta
      • Class Lycopodiopsida (Clubmosses)
        • Order Lycopodiales
          • Family Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss Family)

Additional Common Names

  • Northern Firmoss

Synonyms

  • Huperzia selago var. densa Trevisan
  • Lycopodium selago L. [in part]

Additional Resources

References

Fernald, M.L. 1950. Gray's manual of botany. 8th edition. D. Van Nostrand, New York. 1632 pp.

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York. 910 pp.

Holmgren, Noel. 1998. The Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist's Manual. Illustrations of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

Kartesz, J.T., and R. Kartesz. 1980. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada and Greenland. Vol. 2. The biota of North America. Univ. of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. 500 pp.

Mitchell, Richard S. 1992. A checklist of New York State plants. Revised edition.

Mitchell, Richard. 1986. Interview with Steven Clemants of November 7, 1986.

New York Natural Heritage Program. 2019. New York Natural Heritage Program Databases. Albany, NY.

Weldy, T. and D. Werier. 2010. New York flora atlas. [S.M. Landry, K.N. Campbell, and L.D. Mabe (original application development), Florida Center for Community Design and Research http://www.fccdr.usf.edu/. University of South Florida http://www.usf.edu/]. New York Flora Association http://newyork.plantatlas.usf.edu/, Albany, New York

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About This Guide

Information for this guide was last updated on: August 10, 2011

Please cite this page as:
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2019. Online Conservation Guide for Huperzia selago. Available from: https://guides.nynhp.org/fir-clubmoss/. Accessed March 22, 2019.

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