Scouring Rush, Equisetum hyemale

Scouring Rush
Equisetum hyemale



Branching Stem

Closeup of Joint

Young Plants

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Family: Equisetaceae, Horestail Family
Plant Size: Generally less than 3' (1 M) in our area.
Blooms in: Early Spring
Habitat Preferred: Wet riparian, moist fields and meadows
Photo(s) taken at: Oak Creek
Bloom Color: Green sporangiophores in the spring
Other Common Names:
Origin: Native
Comments: This is one of only 15 species of Equisetum, which is the sole genus in the family, which is the sole family in the Order, which is the sole order in the class! These are ancient plants that reproduce by spores.
Further Reference & Sources: "Arizona Flora", Kearney, Peebles, et. al., Univ. of California Press, 1951 w/1960 supp.;    The World of Equisetum web page is an excellent reference on this fascinating family.
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