Huperziaceae of Maine
(Kingdom Plantae, Lycophytes)

(updated 26 August 2020)

Huperziaceae - firmoss family
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Maine is home to 3 species in 1 genus (hybrids excluded). If you know which species you have or are interested in learning about, click on the appropriate link from the species list below. Otherwise, to determine which species your firmoss is, refer to the table below the species list.

   Huperzia (3 species)
      Huperzia appressa - mountain firmoss
      Huperzia lucidula - shining firmoss
      Huperzia selago - northern firmoss

Huperzia (firmoss)
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red font = character state unique or nearly so trophophyll morphology gemmiphore location width of lateral leaves of gemmae (mm) apex morphology of lateral leaves of gemmae shoots trophophyll margin winter bud constrictions
H. appressa dimorphic throughout apical portion of plant 0.5–1.1(–1.3) nrrow-acute to acute determinate entire absent
H. lucidula nearly monomorphic in a single whorl at apex of season’s growth 1.5–2.5 broad-ovate to rounded indeterminate with 1–8 teeth on each side present and conspicuous
H. selago nearly monomorphic in a single whorl at apex of season’s growth 1.5–2.5 broad-acute to nearly obtuse indeterminate entire or with obscure, papillate-like teeth present but inconspicuous

Huperzia appressa (mountain firmoss) - [information to be added]
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Huperzia lucidula (shining firmoss) - [information to be added]

Huperzia selago (northern firmoss) - [information to be added]

   1. Taxonomy and nomenclature follow Flora Novae Angliae by Arthur Haines (2011, Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-17154-9).