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This plant certainly looks like a cedar, but it's truly a club moss and more closely related to ferns, reproducing via spores rather than flowers and seeds. (It also reproduces clonally via "runners.") Here you can see the emerging strobili - the club-like appendages that release its spores - as well as mature strobili.
USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MN , MO , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV Canada: ON , QC Native Distribution: Eastern North America from Quebec to Alabama, Zones 4 to 7 Native Habitat: Dry, well-drained woodlands and pine forests
Spotted along the Bear Creek Trail Ellijay GA
Spotted on May 11, 2014
Submitted on Sep 5, 2014