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Equisetum pratense

Equisetum pratense Ehrh.

 

Meadow Horsetail

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionEquisetophytaHorsetails, which date back to the Devonian era
ClassEquisetopsidaHorsetails, spore-bearing plants related to ferns
OrderEquisetalesLiving horsetails (most are extinct)
FamilyEquisetaceaeLiving horsetails
GenusEquisetumLiving horsetails
SpeciespratenseGrowing in meadows

About plant names...

Meadow horsetails have thin light green fragile-looking branches and don’t exceed about 24" (60 cm) in height.

Identification: See Equisetum for a comparison chart.

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

From Thomé, Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm, Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz., 1885

Online References:

Equisetum pratense on BorealForest.org

Equisetum pratense in The Equisetum Species (Horsetails) of the British Isles

Equisetum pratense on Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods

Equisetum pratense at the Central Yukon Species Inventory Project

Equisetum pratense on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Equisetum pratense at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Equisetum pratense on Flora of Iceland

Equisetum pratense on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Equisetum on Discover Life

References:

Cobb, Boughton, Farnsworth, Elizabeth & Lowe, Cheryl, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Ferns and Their Related Families of Northwestern and Central North America, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005, p. 350

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

5/9/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

Equisetum pratense description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Oct 2013.

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Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

4/30/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

5/21/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 21 cm)

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

8/2/2009 · Gordon & Kathy’s, Prospect, ME
≈ 10 × 10" (25 × 26 cm) ID is uncertain

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

About 8 x 5" · 9/4/2010 · Old Rail Trail near Wilkins Farm, Pepperell, MA ID is uncertain

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

8/30/2010 · Old RR bed near Wilkins Farm, Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 12" (23 × 31 cm) ID is uncertain

Equisetum pratense (Meadow Horsetail)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 6 × 8" (14 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

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