Friday, May 16, 2008

Ground Pine It's Field Horsetail

Genus Lycopodium
Club moss of the northern hardwood forests — not a pine, not a tree, not a moss. It's a type of fern: "evergreen, perennial, clonal, and rhizomatous in nature." I'll be keeping an eye on this important inhabitant of my forest during the summer. When clicked, this photo will open, full size, in a new window.

I went on an Edible Wilds walk in Montpelier Saturday and learned that I mislabeled this plant. This is the sterile horsetail. The fertile horsetail can be seen here. I apologize for the error.

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  1. This is nice to know. I have what I call, "volunteer," evergreens that look like yews but am not sure until they get some size. Some are three or more years old and less than 12 inches tall. I suppose a bird planted them.

    This is a nice post. I like the information the way you presented it too.

  2. I love these ferns. When Dellie and I find them, we think flower fairies, of course. Now we have a name, rank, and serial number, thanks to you!

  3. I come across ferns in the woods at times that look a lot like these.
    The next time I see then I will pay more notice to them.

  4. Nice shot here.
    beautiful green.

    pop over and see my busy critter.

  5. This isn't ground pine! But when I'm wrong, I'm really wrong: this is Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)l. Also called scouring rush. So sorry!

  6. I just posted a full explanation chock full of details and links!

    Thank you!

  7. Oh well. Does it really matter than I never knowingly saw either of them and am still thankful for the information and the correction.


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