OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Lycophytes: Lycopodiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Diphasiastrum digitatum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lycopodium digitatum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 003-01-010:
Lycopodium flabelliforme   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine


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image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm170103_055

January    Greenville County    SC

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm070325_004

March    Greenville County    SC

Multi-branched vertical stems have fan-shaped branches in a horizontal plane, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    s070325_a

March    Greenville County    SC

Digitatum means "with branchlets radiating... like long fingers", per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm160504_436

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Here next to Dendrolycopodium obscurum (Lycopodium obscurum).

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm220525_8016

May    Greenville County    SC

Green Mountain Preserve

Vertical stems arise from horizontal stems on or just below soil surface, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm220525_8081

May    Greenville County    SC

Green Mountain Preserve

Foliage is a rich green, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

Keith Bradley    kab_d_digitatum_77823

June    McDowell County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Lateral branches fanlike, flattened in cross-section, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmddigitatum_brp2341

June    Alleghaney County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stalk usually twice forked, bearing 2-4 strobili in a false whorl, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm0007b_20

July    Greenville County    SC

image of Diphasiastrum digitatum, Southern Ground-cedar, Common Running-cedar, Fan Ground-pine, Running Ground-pine

JK Marlow    jkm130927_597

September    Jackson County    NC

Horizontal stems creeping on soil surface or in leaf litter, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Diphasiastrum digitatum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lycopodium digitatum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 003-01-010:
Lycopodium flabelliforme   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

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877

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Dry to mesic, usually acid forests and openings, especially common in disturbed sites, such as successional pine forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple - tiny
Leaves 4-ranked, upper and lower ranks smaller than lateral

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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