“Oh look, a baby tree,” that is what my brain tells me every time I see one of these, but then it corrects itself and tells me, “No, its a ground pine.” Despite its looks and its name, it is not a tree at all, but a club moss. Club mosses are small evergreen vertically growing plants that sometimes resemble small conifer trees. I spotted this one because its green color stood out amongst all the brown leaves. Ground pines can grow up to 1 ft (30 cm) but I have never seen one that tall, this one was only 4 inches (10 cm) tall. It likes to grow in moist forests.
In my research I discovered that the spores powder of this plant (vegetable sulphur) is highly inflammable and was used at one time in flash photography. Who knew.
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