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Equisetum hyemale


Horsetails are rush-like plants common in the late Paleozoic period. Equisetum is the only surviving member of the family, making the plant a "living fossil." This is the largest stand I have ever encountered... and it's in a suburban park! I'll be back in the summer to get some better, up-close photos. I'm not familiar with the different species, so any help in identification would be helpful.


Transitional land between wetland and upland.

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ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Looks like Scouring Rush, Equisetum hyemale. It can form huge populations. I've got a big stand next to my house, but not nearly as large as the one you've photographed. The fruiting cones are really interesting, but infrequently formed, at least in the patches I've found.

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Providence, Rhode Island

Spotted on Dec 17, 2011
Submitted on Dec 17, 2011

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