Elijay 5″ wild plant evergreen? on the forest floor (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: October 10, 2010
Location: Elijay, GA
Posted By: tarteach96

Notes:

We saw this while hiking in Elijay last week. It grows in large patches (10 yds square) on the forest floor. Seems to be in lower/moister areas. It’s a wild plant. Any ideas?

COMMENTS

  1. j_ingeorgia Flower Fanatic says:

    Ground pine or club moss.
    http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LYOB
    http://www.organicforest.org/article.php?id=26
    http://www.twofrog.com/groundpine.html

    October 18th, 2010 at 6:53 pm
  2. mountain man Unregistered says:

    Yes, very common on Scoggins Knob and on Benton MacKaye trail

    October 19th, 2010 at 8:18 pm
  3. Dub Strickland Unregistered says:

    I have always known this as ground cedar. Walter has a paragraph about it. http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/ground-cedar-lycopodium/

    Researching a little makes me think “Diphasiastrum digitatum” may be the most current scientific name.

    Wikipedia has a good explanation of the nomenclature.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphasiastrum_digitatum

    October 21st, 2010 at 9:05 am

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