West Highland Flora

Shade Horsetail


Equisetum pratense

 

Equisetum pratense

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Jun 2003 - Storr Lochs area, Skye
Stem 2 mm wide
7 cm across incl branches at widest point

Uncommon, in damp places in hilly grassland.

Stem diameter c 1-2 mm, stems 20-60 cm high.

ID: Stems branched, branches mostly 3-angled.  Sheath teeth as many as stem ridges.

Other features: With its drooping branches it looks like Wood Horsetail at first glance, but branches not branched again as in that species.  Is like a cross between Wood and Field Horsetails but smaller than both.  Lowest internode of branches longer than stem sheath near top of stem, about equal lower down.  Fertile stems brown and unbranched at first, like those of Wood Horsetail except for non-united sheath teeth, soon growing branches and turning green to become like the sterile stems.

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Equisetum pratense

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Jun 2003 - Storr Lochs area, Skye
Close-up of plant in first pic

 

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