• dogwood across creek

    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

Mosses and Liverworts

Running Cedar
Running Cedar is found throughout Prince William Forest Park.
 

Lycopodium Family
These form of club mosses species only grow in undisturbed areas as a result they are endangered in many areas. A common member of this family which you will see throughout Prince William Forest Park is Running cedar, Lycopodium digitatum. Running Cedar is a low growing evergreen plant, which stays green all year long. The Leaves are small and flat with pointed tips that feel like leather. Ground Pines or Lycopodium clavatum, was used in the past in fireworks, photographic flash powder, fingerprint powders, as a covering for pills and explosives. Lycopodium grows in large colonies which cover the forest floor.

Did You Know?

Office of Strategic Service (OSS) recruits learning Morse code during the Second World War

Prince William Forest Park was used by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) as a training camp for spies during World War II. Today, you can rent a cabin where spies once learned their trade.