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Re: message from Robbin C. Moran regarding my identificationof the club mosses

  • Subject: Re: message from Robbin C. Moran regarding my identificationof the club mosses
  • From: "Harry Witmore" <harrywitmore@witmore.net>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 19:21:27 -0400

This seems strange to me. Robbin recommends Barbara Joe Hoshizaki's book which considers both of the species as Lycopodium.but he says both are Huperzia. Barbara's book is very technical and a great resource to id ferns.
 
Harry Witmore
Cloud Jungle Epiphytes
www.cloudjungle.com
 


From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 9:39 AM
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Subject: [Aroid-l] message from Robbin C. Moran regarding my identificationof the club mosses

Leland recommended I contact Robbin C. Moran, Ph.D., Curator of Ferns at the New York Botanical Garden.  This is Robbin's response as to my identifications on both species of club moss.
 
Looks like I'll be changing the genus on the second one!
 
Steve Lucas

 
Dear Steve,
 
I agree that the plant on your web site is correctly identified as Huperzia phlegmaria. The one in the attached images you sent is H. nummulariifolia (Blume) Chambers, Jermy & Crabbe. Its wide elliptic leaves, appressed to the stem, are unique within the genus, as far as I know. Both are Old World species, and my expertise is primarily on New World tropical ferns, so I don’t have any interesting stories to tell you about them--sorry! I do, however, have two books that might help you in the future with information for your web site. One is about fern cultivation: Fern Grower’s Manual (with first author Barabara Joe Hoshizaki) and the other is A Natural History of Ferns (Timber Press, 2004). The latter is a popular (i.e., non-technical) book about ferns and lycophytes. It is not an identification guide, but tells about what ferns are doing in nature. Many of the things you mention on your web page for H. phlegmaria are also discussed in that book.
 
Good luck with your web site!
 
Best wishes,
Robbin
 
Robbin C. Moran, Ph.D.
Curator of Ferns
The
New York Botanical Garden
200th Street & Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458-5126  U.S.A.
 
 
 


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