Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blue Club Moss

A couple of years ago Huperzia goebellii was the rage in collector's circle, with large specimens fetching several hundred USD in the west. I used to see big clumps of these on sale by natives along a jungle road, but I doubt they are still as common now . I was totally captivated by these bluish fronds, some of the truly awesome specimens have branches more than 2 metres long.

This club moss is native to the tropical jungle of Malaysia and Borneo, its northern distribution appeared to terminate before Thailand. Growing this plant can be a bit tricky. Being an epiphyte, it rots easily if its over watered so growing it in spagnum is a bit dicey. The plant was actually mounted on a small fern slab so I merely adhere this on a bigger slab. Despite all the care I took, my large mother plant recently rotted away - perhaps a victim of the La Nina wet spell, and I was left to pick up the pieces, literally, recloning it from bits of rooted cuttings.

7 comments:

Hermes said...

What great pictures - never thought much about moss - a lxck on my part of course.

zog zog said...

Many club mosses are pretty horticultural subjects - and strictly they are not moss.

My orchid journey said...

Very nice.. i like the color of the foliage... is this commonly available here?

Hort Log said...

Not common here, but if you can splurge there will be sellers. The alternative would be to head north and look for those native stands, but I am not sure if its as easy as before. If you need more details send me an email. Cheers.

Minnesota Landscape said...

Really very nice picture I am very happy by your nice pics its Really inspired me.

Thank you for post..

Alison in Bama said...

I grow several, none wild-collected. Fortunately they are easy to keep in the greenhouse over winter and hang outdoors for three seasons.

That particular species is extraordinarily pretty.

Cams said...

very awesome pictures of moss fern. The fern was one of the first plants on Earth. Ferns are also great plants for indoor and outdoor gardening. There are types that are great for shade gardens, sun gardens, rock gardens, ponds, bog gardens, flower borders, and just about everywhere.

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