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Horsetails

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Group: 
Horsetails

Horsetails have a strong central stem with small branches that come out all the way up. Related to ferns but quite distinctive.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Water Horsetail

Equisetum fluviatile
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Quite common and found in shallow ponds and in muddy, slow moving rivers.


 

Common Horsetail

Equisetum arvense
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Also known as the field horsetail it can be found on waste ground, road sides and bare patches of ground almost anywhere, footpaths along old railway lines are a good place to see them.


 

Giant Horsetail

Equisetum telmateia
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A large, invasive member of the fern family lacking fronds like conventional ferns.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Marsh Horsetail

Equisetum palustre
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A familiar horsetail plant found on damp, marshy meadows.


 

 

Wood Horsetail

Equisetum sylvaticum
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An uncommon species in Dorset