This was the only example I saw today of Lycopodium clavatum (Running Clubmoss), just about a foot long, right by the trail.
Primitive plant on birch forest floor.
At the trailhead to Placid Lake, Indian Heaven Wilderness, Gifford Pinchot NF
Lycopodium clavatum sporophylls
Elevation 1265 meters (4150 feet)
Park Butte Trail #603
Mt. Baker Wilderness
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Lycopodium (from Greek lukos, wolf and podion, diminutive of pous, foot) is a genus of clubmosses, also known as ground pines or creeping cedar, in the family Lycopodiaceae, a family of fern-allies (see Pteridophyta). They are flowerless, vascular, terrestrial or epiphytic plants, with widely-branched, erect, prostrate or creeping stems, with small, simple, needle-like or scale-like leaves that cover the stem and branches thickly. The leaves contain a single, unbranched vascular strand and are microphylls by definition....