Diphasiastrum digitatum from David in SC

Found in open, wet hardwood area in the upstate , looks like patches of ground cover, some had a spike , bloom, soft, scaled


Hi David,

your plant is one of the clubmosses, plants often called fern-allies because they reproduce by spores and have no flowers or seeds – they are ancient primitive plants. Specifically, yours is called groundcedar or running cedar, scientific name Diphasastrum digitatum, also known as Lycopodium complanatum and Lycopodium digitatum.  It is the  most common of our clubmosses. They can form large colonies in woodlands. You can find out more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphasiastrum_digitatum


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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