Confirmation of Shining Firmoss (Huperzia lucidula; Lycopodiaceae) in Manitoba
Keywords:Shining Firmoss, Huperzia lucidula, Manitoba, new distribution record
The occurrence of Shining Firmoss (Huperzia lucidula; Lycopodiaceae) in Manitoba has been suspected since 1943 but unconfirmed. The discovery at the herbarium of the University of Manitoba of a non-accessioned specimen, collected in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP), Manitoba, confirmed that the species occurred in the province. At about the same time, a thriving colony of Shining Firmoss was discovered at Gunisao Lake, ~380 km to the northeast of the RMNP site. Shining Firmoss is now established as a rare, widely dispersed element in Manitoba’s flora.
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