Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
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Found primarily in forests with acidic soil in the Mountain region of North Carolina, where it is uncommon, Common Ground-pine is rare in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain.
Grayson Co., VA 7/25/10.
Hanging Rock, Stokes Co., NC 7/3/2009.
Like the similar and more common Running-cedar (Lycopodium digitatum), Common Ground-pine is an evergreen subshrub that spreads by underground runners
Hanging Rock, Stokes Co., NC 6/14/2009.
Immature strobili (reproductive structures).
An alternate scientific name is Dendrolycopodium obscurum; an alternate common name is Flat-branched Tree-clubmoss.
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