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Lycopodium obscurum L.  

groundpine; princess pine

Lycopodium dendroideum
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Botanical name: Lycopodium obscurum L.
Common name: groundpine; princess pine
Lycopodium obscurum L. var. dendroideum (Michx.) D.C. Eaton
Lycopodium obscurum L. var. hybridum Farw.
Group: Lycopod
Family: Lycopodiaceae
Growth Type: subshrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 12"
Foliage: evergreen, looks like tiny pine tree
Flowering/fruiting time mature sporangia late July to October
Habitat: damp or moist forest floors, mixed pine-hardwoods
Range in New Jersey: statewide, but rare in Pine Barrens and coast strip
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Misc.: This plant resembles little trees.
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 687.
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