One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Can you believe it, we’ve found another small mystery evergreen to try to stump you with?

Mystery # 85

Please note the needles on this one are NOT flat like last week’s Ground Cedar (and it’s in the background for comparison). Good luck!

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We hope you guessed this is another type of clubmoss, one fondly called Princess Pine, Lycopodium clavatum. It is bushy and upright—more so than the Ground Cedar of last week—and does look like a miniature pine.

A fun fact is the spores—primitive seeds—are flammable, explosively so. They used to be used for flash powder for long-ago photos.

Please, don’t go out collecting it for your holiday photography, or any other holiday decorating. These slow-growing clubmosses suffer from over-collecting and can’t recover like hardier invasive species do.

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One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey! We have another native evergreen for your mystery today.

Mystery #83

I’ll be back to check for your answers later!

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Hey there, back again!

This little evergreen is a clubmoss called Ground Cedar, Lycopodium digitatum. It’s a primitive plant that looks like a vine because it has a stem that travels over the ground, but you humans can tell it’s not a vine because it doesn’t have a woody stem. The branches are somewhat flat and fan-like on Ground Cedar, like a cedar tree’s needles.

 

You might think this plant would make a great ground cover for your backyard habitat, but please don’t try to dig it up to try this. Ground Cedar is very hard to grow and harder to transplant.