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Marsh Horsetail

Equisetum palustre

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Plant Data

Order:
Equisetales
Family:
Equisetaceae (Horsetail)
Type:
Horsetail
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Bogs, fens, grassland, heathland, marshes, meadows, swamps, waterside, woodland.
Flower:
Flowerless. Horsetails reproduce by spores.
Fruit:
A blunt-tipped cone sits on top of the main stem. The cone matures in July and August.
Leaves:
The green furrowed stems have 8 to 10 ridges. Whorls of leaf-like branches appear along the erect single main stem. The branches are grow either outward or nearly erect from below the stems sheathed nodes. The lower sheaths are dark brown and shorter than the upper ones. The sheaths have between 4 and 12 teeth which are green with black teeth.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
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