Fern Allies: Southern Ground-cedar

Photo of Southern Ground-cedar

Southern Ground-cedar (Diphasiastrum digitatum) is another spore-bearing evergreen clubmoss who grows on forest floors.  The plants are only a few inches tall and are connected by horizontal above-ground stems to form groups, though the plants are not always found in neat rows like in the above photo.

Photo of Southern Ground-cedar

The shiny, flattened branches are arranged in fan-like sprays.  The spore-bearing reproductive parts -- called strobili -- grow on thin, branched stalks that extend well above the leaves.

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