Sightings – Moss
Observer: Kathy Farrell
Observation Date: 1/5/17
Observation Time: N/A
Observation Location: Path off Mountain Street, Sharon
Common Name: Ground Pine Club Moss (a.k.a. Princess Pine)
Scientific Name: Lycopodium obscurum
Comment: Also known as a “princess pine.” It looks like a baby pine tree, and stays green even in the winter.
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Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 6/24/10
Observation Time: 3:40 p.m.
Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts
Common Name: Princess pine
Scientific Name: Dendrolycopodium obscurum
Comments: Despite its name and pine-like appearance, princess pine is not related to pine trees. It’s actually a type of clubmoss, an ancient group of plants that had its heyday long before there were pines, dinosaurs, or flowering plants. Also known as “ground cedar,” it is also called “fan clubmoss” because of its fan-like branches. It grows from a creeping stem at the soil surface.
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