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Its common name is due to its resemblance to cedar boughs lying on the ground. Its leaves are scale-like and appressed, like a mature cedar, and it is glossy and evergreen. It normally grows to a height of about four inches (10 cm), with the spore-bearing strobili held higher.
Running Ground Cedar grows in forests where soil is somewhat dry and there are a lot of dead leaves on the ground. Sometimes it grows in fields with a lot of shrubs or small trees.
Spotted at Unicoi State Park
Spotted on Apr 4, 2014
Submitted on Jun 26, 2014