Equisetum arvense L.


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Morphology / Appearance

Equisetum arvense L.

Character recognition:

Plant: herbaceous perennial plant; up to 40 cm height;
Root: blackish rhizome in soil that can form round or elongated-ovate tubers;
Stem: is of two types: fertile stem, producing spores (early spring: is simple, smooth, reddish-brown, 15-30 cm high and has at nodes, leaves reduced to sheaths overgrown, distant from each other, with 6 - (16 ) lanceolate teeth, wheat ear sporifer 1-4 cm length is elongated-ovate or cylindrical, obtuse at apex; after spreading spores, perishes) and sterile stem, assimilation (occurs later, shows pronounced ribs 6-19, + harsh, forming the verticils of branches articulated nodes, usually unbranched, 4-furrowed);
Spores: -.

Confusion: [...]

Equisetum arvense
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Ecology / Plant spreading

Equisetum arvense L.

Bloom time: Apr , May
Flower color: -
Plant type: perennial
Light: Sun, Part Shade
Propagation Material: Spores

It is native throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

Commonly found in meadows, bog moss, on the mountain water, on sandy soils, in cultivated areas in the steppe until boreal floor.


Equisetum arvense L.

Cultivation / Plant breeding

Equisetum arvense L.

Spores - best collected as soon as they are ripe in the spring and surface-sown immediately on a sterile compost. Keep moist and pot up as soon as the plants are large enough to handle.

The rhizomes provide a means of rapid spread in much the same way that quack-grass spreads in gardens and Equisetum arvense can be an aggressive invader of sunny sites.


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