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"Princess Pine" , Fan Club Moss, Crow's Foot, Running Clubmoss

Lycopodium dendroideum

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Ground Pine
Lycopodium obscurum Lycopodium obscurum - Ground Pine
MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago
"Princess Pine" , Fan Club Moss, Crow's Foot, Running Clubmoss
Lycopodium dendroideum http://www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/magazine/archive/11Spring/Sense%20of%20Wonder.pdf


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3 Comments

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

Scratch my L. digitatum. Make that L. dendroideum. It's quite common in WV, and the tiny "leaflets" stick out from the branches more than L. digitatum.

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

OK.... I think I've got this one nailed down. I believe you've got "Lycopodim digitatum". Among the fascinating Club mosses, it's a fairly common species. The club mosses are deceptively complex plants. They have a 2-cycle system of reproducing.. one asexually, via spores, the other sexually, via sperm/egg. This is called "Alternation of generation", and is truly fascinating (at least to me! lol) If you can go back to this clump later in the year (early to mid-fall), you may see little pointy 'cones" at the tip of each branch. These bear the spores. I won't get into the rest... I'll fill up your page! But if your'e not familiar with it, look it up. It's so neat!
If I remember correctly, it is believed that Lycopodium grow in a sort of symbiotic relationship with the tree under which they live. Don't quote me on that, but it's ringing a bell that I learned that somewhere.

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

A club moss. In a moment I can get you at least a bit more accurate name... BRB!

sagood08
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sagood08

West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Oct 13, 2012
Submitted on Jan 21, 2013

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