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This spotting shows the branches producing spore cones. For other views of this plant see later spotting. It is a spore-bearing vascular plant, growing mainly along the ground with stems up to 1 m long. The stems are branched, with small, spirally arranged leaves. Branches bearing spore cones grow upright, reaching 5–15 cm above ground, and have fewer leaves than the horizontal branches. The spore cones are yellow-green, 2–3 cm long. The horizontal stems produce roots at frequent intervals along their length, allowing the stem to grow indefinitely along the ground. The stems superficially resemble small seedlings of coniferous trees, though the plant is not related to these.
Paraiso Quetzal forest. San Gerardo de Dota/Cerro de la Muerte.