Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in NC-SC Coastal Plain, rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry to mesic, usually acid forests and openings, esp common in disturbed sites, such as successional pine forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Lycophytes: Lycopodiales

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 (1968) 003-01-010:
Lycopodium flabelliforme   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

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


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JK Marlow    jkm170103_055

January    Greenville County    SC

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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.

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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

JK Marlow    jkm160504_436

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Here next to Dendrolycopodium obscurum (Lycopodium obscurum).

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JK Marlow    jkm160504_455

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

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

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.

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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

JK Marlow    jkm0007b_20

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0307i_18

July    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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

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JK Marlow    jkm0507o_02

July    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm130927_597

September    Transylvania County    NC

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