One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small yellow-flowered Eurasian plant of the mint family, which resembles a pine seedling in appearance and smell.
Ajuga chamaepitys, family Labiatae
- ‘Following fencing, scrub clearance and introduction of sheep grazing a good chalk grassland flora is starting to re-establish including the rare ground pine which relies on sheep grazing to survive.’
2A North American club moss with small, shiny leaves, resembling a miniature conifer and growing typically in coniferous woodland.
Genus Lycopodium, family Lycopodiaceae: several species, in particular L. obscurum and L. tristachyum
- ‘The delicately branched woodland horsetail and two ground pines (fan club moss and running club moss) also grow here.’
- ‘This order includes the recent genus Lycopodium (known commonly as club moss, ground pine, or ‘wolf foot,’), with some 200 living species.’
ground pine/ɡround pīn/
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