Huperzia selago

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Huperzia selago
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Lycopodiophyta
Class: Lycopodiopsida
Order: Lycopodiales
Family: Lycopodiaceae
Genus: Huperzia
H. selago
Binomial name
Huperzia selago
  • Lycopodium selago L.
  • Lycopodium selago var. patens (Beauv.) Desv.
  • Plananthus selago (L.) Beauv.
  • Urostachys selago (L.) Herter
Huperzia selago

Huperzia selago, the northern firmoss or fir clubmoss, is a vascular plant in the family Lycopodiaceae. It has a circumpolar distribution in temperate and boreal regions in both hemispheres.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in the northern parts of North America, Europe, and Asia.[2] It is found in sandy pits, ditches, along lakeshores, and in conifer swamps.[2]

In Europe, its range extends from Svalbard to the mountains of northern Spain and Italy, and from the British Isles east through central Asia to the Kamchatka peninsula, Japan, the Aleutian Islands, North America, Greenland and Iceland.[citation needed]

In the northeastern United States, it is found in boreal habitat, but not alpine zones.[1]


"Upper Tanana Indians used the whole plant in a poultice applied to the head for headaches".[1]


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  2. ^ a b Wagner, Warren H. & Joseph M. Beitel (1993). "Huperzia selago". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). 2. New York and Oxford. Retrieved 11 January 2019 – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)

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