Phlegmariurus hamiltonii (Spreng.) Á. Löve & D. Löve, Taxon 26(2–3): 324–326 1977. (syn: Huperzia aloifolia (Hook. & Grev.) Trev.; Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) T. Sen & U. Sen; Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis. (ambiguous synonym); Lycopodium aloifolium Wall. ex Hook. & Grev.; Lycopodium empetrifolium Dalzell; Lycopodium hamiltonii Spreng.; Lycopodium hamiltonii var. petiolata C. B. Cl.; Lycopodium obtusifolium Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don; Phlegmariurus aloifolius (Hook. & Grev.) A. R. Field & Bostock; Urostachys aloifolius (Hook. & Grev.) Herter ex Nessel; Urostachys hamiltonii (Spreng.) Herter ex Nessel);
Indian Subcontinent to S. China and Peninsula Malaysia, S. Central & S. Japan to Kazan-retto, Fiji (Rotuma Island): Assam, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Fiji, Hainan, India, Japan, Kazan-retto, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO (Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis.);
Nepal, India (throughout in hilly regions, Sikkim), Myanmar [Burma], Sri Lanka, Thailand (widespread), Vietnam, Bhutan, Volcano Isl. (Kita-Iwojima, Minami-Iwojima), Rotuma Isl., China (W-Yunnan) as per Catalogue of Life;

SK1071 07 APR-2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 800 kb each.
Location:  Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 2 April 2018
Altitude: 6600 ft.
Habit: Wild
Only leaves!

Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis. ???

Yes, of course, another common and well known species – why aren’t books read – the normal procedure –  instead of all the posting and questions?   Try the obvious Ferns and Fern-allies of Nepal 1: 47-48, 399, t. 3. 2015, for example.
And why not have a look in the National herbarium, nearby – which is what it’s for?  

Plant from Coorg 1 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Forwarding the images sent by my friend. The plant was found in Coorg, growing as an epiphyte along with orchids.
Can anyone please, help in identifying it?

It is Huperzia sps., a type of fern allie. Usually it growing as epiphyte but can also as lithophyte.

Yes, it’s the very characteristic and distinctive species Huperzia hamiltonii (syn.: H. aloifolia).

Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Location : Lava, Kalimpong, India
Date : 11 May 2018
Elevation :  7000 ft.
Habit : Wild


SK1983 08 June 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 800 kb each.
Location: Chandragiri, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 2243 m.
Date: 27 May 2019
Habit : Wild
Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis. ??

To me also appears close to images at Phlegmariurus hamiltonii
Experts kindly confirm.


Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis.: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Shivapuri, Kathmandu
Altitude: 1841 m.
Date: 10 November 2021 
Habit : Wild

This is indeed Huperzia hamiltonii. Your identification is correct.

Please ID: Mixed thread: 1 correct image as above.
Collected from of Mahendragiri (900 to 1500m above msl) in South Orissa at an altitude of 1000m during October, 2010
Grows in barren hill top between gaps of moist rocks. Hight up to 25 cm. Please Identify this.

I think the 2 pictures provided in the post seems to be different species.
Please take care to upload different species in different threads and kindly provide related information to each species along with each upload. It seems that the plant in the second picture seems to be an immature one please check for a mature plant, preferably with flower/ inflorescence (looks like Asteraceae member). If you search the surroundings where you took these pictures you may get mature individuals.

1st image looks like Huperzia and he 2nd one Anaphalis !

To me, this image appears somewaht close to images at

I guess so, …! Earlier Huperzia, isn’t it ?

This is Huperzia (Sect. Phlegmariurus) hamiltonii, a very characteristic and easy-to-recognise species.
You can see details in the original work, An Annotated Checklist of Indian Pteridophytes 1: 10-12 (2016), including its distribution, from actual specimens seen (known from Odisha).  Better than the secondary Indian eflora for Pteridophytes, based mainly on the above work.
It is also illustrated in my new book on Pteridophytes of Bhutan and in many other places.



POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1 (Huperzia hamiltonii (Spreng.) Trevis.) Tropicos  Flora of China  India Biodiversity Portal  Encyclopedia of Life (Specimen)  Dave’s Garden Pteridophyte flora of Thailand  Blogspot

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