Equisetum hyemale L.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Equisetum hyemale L.

  • Description

    Species Description - Stems all alike, evergreen, mostly unbranched, ± erect, 2–15+ dm, 4–14 mm thick, with mostly 16–50 broad, rounded, roughened ridges; central cavity at least 3/4 the diameter of the stem, much larger than the small vallecular ones; stomates in 2 rows in each furrow; sheaths mostly 5–15 mm, black-banded at the tip and usually also at or near the base, the dark, scarious-margined, basally connate teeth articulate to the sheath but tending to be irregularly subpersistent; cones short-pedunculate, 1–2.5 cm, evidently apiculate. Streambanks and other moist or wet places; circumboreal, s. in Amer. to Fla., Calif., and C. Amer. Amer. pls are var. affine (Engelm.) A. A. Eaton (E. affine; E. prealtum; E. robustum)

  • Common Names

    common scouring rush