Looking for an id for this Pretty ground cover

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  1. hiking Pat

    hiking Pat Active Member

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    I was hiking at Lake Louise, in alberta, Canada on Sunday and most of the plants were fading - The larches of course were spectacular! However, this was a new growth popping up on the forest floor. Looking "cactus" like - It was soft but prickly
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @hiking Pat good evening Pat, Lycopodium annotinum Stiff clubmoss
     
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    Thankyou - this and other types of moss certainly were spectacular! I can't wait to share these photos!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Just to add: these are clubmoss, not a species of moss. They are more closely related to ferns than to mosses, from an evolutionary branch that split from the mosses 400 million years ago.
     
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    Thank you - so interesting and so much to learn!
     

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