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Great Horsetail

Equisetum telmateia

Plant Data

Order:
Equisetales
Family:
Equisetaceae (Horsetail)
Flowers:
Flowerless. Horsetails reproduce by spores.
Fruit:
A blunt cone on the tip of the fertile stem, up to 8cm long, ripening in April.
Leaves:
The erect off-white coloured stems are brittle and smooth. The leaf-like branches off the main stem are up to 20cm long. There are between 20 and 40 of these branches per node along the stem.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The roots and stems can be eaten.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Giant Horsetail.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, marshes, roadsides, sea cliffs, wasteland, woodland.