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Marsh Horsetail
Equisetaceae
Equisetum palustre


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Equisetaceae Family

Equisetum Genus
Physical Description
They are perennial plants


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Equisetaceae
Equisetales
Horsetail Order
Equisetopsida
Horsetail Class
Pteridophyta
Pteridophyta
Fern Division
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
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Plantae
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Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Strange Cone Reed
Smooth Scouringrush:
Equisetum Hyemale affine
Equisetum hiemale

Equisetum is a "living fossil,"
the only living genus in the Equisetaceae, a family of vascular plants that reproduce by spores rather than seeds. They are commonly known as horsetails.


the stems are coated with abrasive silicates, making them useful for scouring (cleaning) metal items such as cooking pots or drinking mugs, particularly those made of tin.

Rough Horsetail E. hyemale is still boiled and then dried in Japan, to be used for the final polishing process on woodcraft to produce a smoother finish than any sandpaper.

If eaten in large quantities, the foliage of some species is poisonous to grazing animals, including horses. On the other hand some species are cooked and eaten by humans in Japan.

In these plants the leaves are greatly reduced and usually non-photosynthetic.
The stems are green and photosynthetic, and distinctive in being hollow, jointed and ridged



Strange Cone Reed
Strange Cone Reed - August 16, 2009



Strange Cone Reed - Plant
Strange Cone Reed - Plant - August 02, 2009



Strange Cone Reed - Plant
Strange Cone Reed - Plant - July 22, 2009



Strange Cone Reed - Plant
Strange Cone Reed - Plant - July 22, 2009



Strange Cone Reed - Plant
Strange Cone Reed - Plant - July 22, 2009

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