There are no verified occurrences, only 2 historical specimens in the state, not surveyed yet.
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).
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.
Fir Clubmoss is best sought when the "fruit"(spores) are present, from July through September.
The time of year you would expect to find Northern Firmoss vegetative and fruiting in New York.
Huperzia selago (L.) Bernh. ex Mart. & Schrank
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Information for this guide was last updated on: August 10, 2011
Please cite this page as:
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2023. Online Conservation Guide for Huperzia selago. Available from: https://guides.nynhp.org/fir-clubmoss/. Accessed June 6, 2023.