Plant ID forum: Southern Running Cedar (Diphasiastrum digitatum)

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Oct 5, 2011 5:07 PM CST
Found in 45+ years worth of zone 5 natural woodland. Not old-growth forest, but there are a lot of towering trees in there.

I haven't ever seen anything like this in the area before and I wouldn't have a clue as to where to look for the answer; other than here of course!;-)

The specimen is about 3" high, by 2 and 1/2" wide. Pretty small. It's growing in fertile silty-clay soil with plentiful humus.

Any ideas?


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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 5, 2011 5:13 PM CST
some kind of creeping cedar...no idea what the Latin name is..
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 5, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Maybe:
Lycopodium digitatum
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 5, 2011 5:17 PM CST
My first thought was maybe Lycopodium dendroideum:

http://www.google.com/search?q=lycopodium+dendroideum&hl=en&...

but now I'm thinking of Club Moss: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/grasses/plants/fan_clubm...
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plantladylin
Oct 5, 2011 5:18 PM CST
LOL, it's not the club moss and it looks like Lee Anne got the right Lycopodium! http://www.google.com/search?q=lycopodium+digitatum&hl=en&bi...
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Oct 5, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Okay. Lycopodium digitatum it is. Big Grin However, I'm still intrigued by the Clubmoss. I was all set to look at it again tomorrow to see if it had the horizontal runners....

Thanks, Lee Anne and Lin! I tip my hat to you.

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plantladylin
Oct 5, 2011 5:58 PM CST
Thanks goes to Lee Anne, she's the one who nailed it! I hope you add any info and photo's you have to the database!
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Oct 5, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Yep! I sure will!

I have a terrible connection right now, so I'll restore that photo, re-size it, and get it in the DB after the lines are clear.

Thanks, again!
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