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Species profile—Huperzia lockyeri


Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → LycopodiaceaeHuperzia lockyeri

Species details

Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Huperzia lockyeri (D.L.Jones & B.Gray) Holub
WildNet taxon ID
Superseded by
Phlegmariurus lockyeri (03/04/2019)
Conservation significant
Pest status
Huperzia lockyeri is an epiphytic or lithophytic tassel fern; it grows on other plants and on rocks. The sterile, tufted branches are at first erect, but become pendulous and branching 1-4 times towards the end of the branches. The branches are 40-70cm long, sometimes rooting at the tips. The leaves are arranged in six rows, in alternating whorls of three around the branch. The leaves are thin but firm, narrowly-ovate to lance-shaped, 9-14mm long by 2.5-5mm wide, dark green and shiny.
The transition from the sterile leaf zone to the sporogenous leaf zone (part of the plant bearing spores) is gradual. The sporogenous zone of the branch is 4-8cm long. The sporophylls (leaves bearing spores) are overlapping, lance-shaped, 5-7mm long and 2mm wide. The spore-cases occupy one-quarter of the sporophylls length. There is an occasional reversion of the leaves from the sporogenous to the vegetative condition. (Chinnock 1998; DEWHA 2008)
Huperzia lockyeri grows on trees and granite boulders, in rainforest above 1000m above sea level. (Chinnock 1998)
Management documents
Conservation and management of protected plants in trade in Queensland 1995-1998. Department of Environment.
Contributors: Peter Bostock, Mellisa Mayhew 16/02/2009
Chinnock, R.J. in McCarthy, P.M. (Ed) (1998). Flora of Australia 48: 80.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Huperzia lockyeri in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 01/10/2008.
Herbrecs (2008). Huperzia lockyeri, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 01/10/2008.
Profile author
Peter Bostock (16/02/2009)

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
20 May 2024