Photographed in Rocky Point, Mexico. Any ideas about this plant? Thank you!

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    $\begingroup$ Could you give an indication of its size? It is hard to judge with no reference. Also, when was the picture taken? $\endgroup$
    – terdon
    Nov 20 '13 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ The horizontal-looking axis is notable. please provide much better descriptions (including was it a tree? or small herb?). $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '16 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ It looks to me like some gymnosperm tree. Looking like Araucaria and Cryptomeria . Araucariaceae is common in southern hemisphere. Wiki article on Araucaria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '16 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ Was it a big tree or small herb or a young tree or a shrub? Were those leaves and axis soft or stout? What's about the size of these twigs? From at-a-glance looking the picture it looks much like Araucaria, a tall tree. $\endgroup$ Aug 29 '16 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ May be related one : biology.stackexchange.com/questions/35653/… $\endgroup$ Aug 29 '16 at 14:58

[Not really a precise answer (and I'm not a botanist after all).]

It's likely a lycopodiophyte. Looks like a Huperzia species, but it's impossible to tell exactly from the provided photo [if the species is not familiar, of course]. Of great help would be general appearance of the plant and form of sporangia.

You can try this key: Lycopodiaceae of North America.

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    $\begingroup$ Lycopodiophyta was definitely my first idea as well, but beyond that I have no clue. $\endgroup$ Nov 21 '13 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ Looks to me like a gymnosperm like Araucaria and Cryptomeria $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '16 at 13:29

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