Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


879

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Common NC Mtns, uncommon GA-SC Mtns & NC-SC Pdmt, rare Coastal Plain & GA Pdmt

Look for it in acidic forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple - needle-like
Leaves of lateral branches 6-ranked, leaves on branch underside much smaller

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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



Lycophytes: Lycopodiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Dendrolycopodium obscurum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lycopodium obscurum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 003-01-008a:
Lycopodium obscurum var. obscurum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Ground-pine, Flat-branched Tree-clubmoss


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image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lyob_001_lvd

        

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm110213_612

February    Greenville County    SC

Gateway Elementary School Nature Trail

Erect tree-like stem, branched 4-5x to form fan-like lateral branches, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm110213_613

February    Greenville County    SC

Gateway Elementary School Nature Trail

Strobili 1.5" long, 1-6 per upright branched stem, sessile, borne singly, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm170224_272b

February    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

This plant's upright stems resemble miniature spruce trees, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm140418_205

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm140418_215

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Lvs narrow, lance-shaped, w sharp-pointed tips. All point toward branch end, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm160504_436

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Shown here next to Diphasiastrum digitatum (Lycopodium digitatum).

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm150712_449

July    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm150712_453

July    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm181024_5343

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Dendrolycopodium obscurum

JK Marlow    jkm181024_5344

October    Greenville County    SC