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Horsetail, prèle des champs
Equisetaceae
Equisetum spp.


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Shrub

Equisetaceae Family

Equisetum Genus

Location

Origin: U.S.

U.S. Distribution: Throughout


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Equisetaceae
Equisetales
Horsetail Order
Equisetopsida
Horsetail Class
Pteridophyta
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Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
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Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information


Height: 12- 18 in.

Foliage: Small, scalelike, whorled leaves forming sheaths at the joints with black tips

Fruiting heads: Terminal cones containing masses of spores

Habitat: Stream or road embankments, moist fields and meadows

Soil: Wet sandy or gravelly soils



"University of Vermont Extension"
This pest causes problems by:
Other: Poisonous to horses and cattle, causes "equisetosis". Cells contain large amounts of silica. Used in colonial times for scouring dishes and butter churns (scouring rush), also once used by cabinet makers for sanding.
How to get rid of it:




Horsetail, prèle des champs - Pests
Horsetail, prèle des champs - Pests - May 17, 2009

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