I took a hike on the Norway Trail the other day. It was a beautiful autumn day with the sun out and temps in the upper 50s.
on this end of the hiking trail, there is a nice bridge over some water
On the southern entrance to the Norway Trail is a beautiful landscape full of the different species of Clubmoss, or Lycopodium (from Greek lukos, wolf and podion, diminutive of pous, foot).
this Lycopodium species is sometimes called “wolf’s claw”. I like to call it running clubmoss because of its’ growing habit.
Another Clubmoss, that I was happy to see, is Shining Clubmoss. I don’t see this plant very often – it may be quite rare. The difference with this Clubmoss is that the strobiles do not grow on top of the plant – the strobiles are along the stem of the plant.
Another plant that is growing abundantly in this area is Trailing Arbutus. Trailing Arbutus is one of the very first plants to flower in the spring and you can see the buds have already been set on this plant. It’s all ready to burst into flower next spring as soon as the days start to get longer.
All these plants are evergreen and you will find lots of these green plants if you dig under the thick blanket of snow this winter.