West Highland Flora

Wood Horsetail


Equisetum sylvaticum

 

Equisetum sylvaticum

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Common on moorland, woodland clearings, beside paths, etc.

Stem diameter c 1-4 mm

ID: Teeth of sheaths united into a few lobes, less than the number of grooves on the stem.

Other features: Branches themselves branched and drooping.  Fertile stems at first brown and unbranched, later becoming like the sterile stems.

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Equisetum sylvaticum

Photo Carl Farmer
16 April 2003 Portree, Skye
Stem 3 mm wide where no sheath
 

Equisetum sylvaticum

Photo Carl Farmer
6 May 2002 Portree, Skye
 

Equisetum sylvaticum

Photo Carl Farmer
6 May 2002 Portree, Skye
 

Progression of fertile stems: leaves develop, stems lengthen, cones open and then drop off
 
     
  Equisetum sylvaticum

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Young sterile stems  
     

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