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Fir Clubmoss

Observed: 5th August 2006 By: GenghisAttenboroughGenghisAttenborough’s reputation in PlantsGenghisAttenborough’s reputation in Plants
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Chris Metherell's picture

Huperzia selago

A very interesting plant. Being a clubmoss it reproduces by producing spores from sporangia which can clearly be seen in as rather yellowish structures at the bases of the leaves in this excellent photograph. But not content with that it also produces bubils (or gemmae). These are flattened green structures which detach and take root to form new plants. These too can be seen on the photograph at the top of the shoots. A good case of an alpine plant hedging its bets!

Chris Metherell
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North Northumberland