Sep. 23, 2022

fir clubmoss, Huperzia selago

These days there's some plant blindness going around. People with that affliction have a particularly hard time seeing plants that don't have showy flowers. Plants like clubmosses. In the days before the onset of plant blindness, fir clubmoss was used by Native Americans. The Nitinaht used the stems and leaves as an emetic. The Tanana used it in a poultice for headaches. More recently clubmosses were used as greens for Christmas decorations. Fir clubmoss grows in CT, MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NY, RI, VT, WI, AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, NU, ON, QC, SK, YT, and GL. Baraga Co MI, 7/13/14. Clubmoss family, Lycopodiaceae.