E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Huperzia chinensis (Christ) Czern.
Pacific fir-moss (Chinese clubmoss)
Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Huperzia chinensis
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Species Information

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Evergreen perennial from a short rhizome; stems dark olive green, 5 to 25 cm tall; shoots single or in loose clusters of 2 to 5, without noticeable annual constrictions, the young plants often arching with the tops pointing down.
Lanceolate awl-shaped, less than 1 mm wide, 5-10 mm long, spreading to loosely ascending.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to wet rocky places, cliff shelves, forests, and coastal bogs in the lowland to alpine zones; frequent in coastal BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and S to WA; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Huperzia miyoshiana (Makino) Ching
Huperzia selago subsp. chinensis (Christ) A. Löve & D. Löve
Huperzia selago var. chinensis
Huperzia selago var. miyoshiana (Makino) Roy L. Taylor & MacBryde
Lycopodium chinense Christ
Lycopodium miyoshianum Makino
Lycopodium selago subsp. chinense (Christ) Hultén
Lycopodium selago subsp. miyoshianum (Makino) Calder & Roy L. Taylor
Lycopodium selago var. miyoshianum (Makino) Makino
Urostachys chinensis (Christ) Herter ex Nessel
Urostachys miyoshiana (Makino) Herter ex Nessel

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