Common name: Fir Club Moss
Huperzia australiana (Herter) Holub APNI*
Synonyms: Lycopodium australianum (Herter) Allan APNI*
Description: Stem decumbent with erect branches to 30 cm long, usually branched only 2 or 3 times.
Leaves crowded, appressed to spreading, 5–9 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide in the middle and tapering to a point.
Small bulbils for vegetative reproduction form along the stem, often numerous. Sporophylls similar to the foliage leaves, strobili not formed, sporangia produced in the upper leaf axils, kidney-shaped, bright yellow.
Distribution and occurrence: in protected sites in subalpine regions.
Protected sites in grasslands and around tarns and bogs, in subalpine regions to 2000 m altitude.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson (2000)
Taxon concept: R.J. Chinnock (1998)
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