Equisetum hyemale L. - Horsetail

Equisetum hyemale plant

Family - Equisetaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Equisetum hyemale stems

Leaves - No info yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Equisetum hyemale comes

Flowering - March - August.

Habitat - Ditches, moist to wet ground.

Origin - Native to U.S. and Eurasia.

Other info. - This interesting species can be found throughout Missouri. This is a mostly unbranched species that can be easily identified in the field.
Commonly the plant is called "Scouring Rush" because, at one time, the plant was used to scrub and polish dishes and silverware and also to sand wood. Traditionally the plant was used to treat several ailments ranging from cystitis to urethritis. The fruiting cones of the species were also boiled, fried, and eaten. Ingestion of this species is no longer recommended as it is disrupts thiamine metabolism and is toxic.

Photographs taken in Gainesville, FL., 7-21-02.


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