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Rough Horsetail
Equisetaceae
Equisetum hyemale


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Herb

Equisetaceae Family

Equisetum Genus
Other Names for this Plant

scouring rush


Location

Found in Northern Arizona




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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
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Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

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 rough bristles have been used to scour or clean pots, used as sandpaper, as well as to shape the reeds of reed instruments such as clarinets or saxophones.

Boiled and dried Equisetum hyemale is used as traditional polishing material like fine grit sandpaper in Japan.

Some Plateau Indian tribes boiled the stalks to produce a drink used as a diuretic and to treat venereal disease.

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.
Equisetum species are often used to analyze gold concentrations in an area due to their voracious ability to take up the metal when it is in a solution.

Horsetails are mostly homosporous



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