If you have ever taken a hike or just walked through the woods, I guarantee you have seen this interesting group of understory plants. Clubmoss is a fern ally that includes horsetails, spikemosses, and quillworts. They are categorized as fern allies because of the combination of a spore-producing phase and a sexual phase. There are some 1,200 species worldwide. Inside the plant classroom clubmoss is referred to as Lycopodium which interoperates to lyco– wolf; podium– foot. Common names include ground pine, running pine, and even wolf claw clubmoss.
The state fish of New York (and 9 other states). Perhaps the most sought after fish in the Adirondacks due to its elusiveness and beauty. If you have ever caught one, they are a thrill and an absolute gem to the eye. In my experience, no other fish that you try to catch feels like you are hunting with a fishing rod and line. They are tricky, and thus a true challenge. It sure is a splendid feeling catching one.
With that said, the majestic Brook Trout is the appropriate species to kick off the first species account in what will become a series for the Adirondack Almanack.