West Highland Flora

Marsh Horsetail


Equisetum palustre

 

Equisetum palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye

Common in wet grassland and moorland

Stems to 60 cm tall, c 1-3 mm diameter.  Cones c 15-25 mm

ID: Stem with 4-8 deep grooves, and the same number of black or green white-margined teeth on the sheaths.  In cross-section, central hollow of stem hardly larger than outer ones.  Lowest internode of branches much shorter than stem sheath.

Other features: Fertile and sterile stems alike, apart from cones, all green.  Stems die down in autumn.  Branches rather irregular, not again branched, and sometimes nil on some of the stems  Branches normally 4-6 angled.

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Equisetum palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
Cone 14 mm long

  Equisetum palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
Cone 19 mm long
 

Unripe cone   Ripe cone


Equisetum palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
Dark area of cone = 1.3 cm long
 

Some almost unbranched stems


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