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VARIEGATED HORSETAIL

Equisetum variegatum

Horsetail Family [Equisetaceae]

Stems: evergreen, overwinters.
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Same Stems: Sporing March to June.
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category
category8Horsetails
category
category8Evergreen
status
statusZnative
petals
petalsZ0
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed
stem
stem8hollow
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
rarity
rarityZuncommon

27th April 2015, Whiteford NNR, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Erect to prostrate, here a bit of both. Often sinuous, but not these specimens, of which there are more than 12 or so, some branching from the same origin. The stems reach 40 cm but are often less than 20cm long. Rarely they can reach 40cm.


27th April 2015, Whiteford NNR, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Sometimes Variegated Horsetail branches from the bases, as it does here. The ridges on the stem are 2-angled.


27th April 2015, Whiteford NNR, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


27th April 2015, Whiteford NNR, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It is usually rough to the touch.


27th April 2015, Whiteford NNR, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The cones have a blunt pinnacle at the top, much like the shorter spike atop Rough Horsetail.


Not to be semantically confused with : Horse-radish (Armoracia rusticana) , Horse-Chestnut, Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) nor to Horse Mint (Mentha longifolia) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

Hybridizes with :

  • Branched Horsetail (Equisetum ramosissimum) to produce Wirral Horsetail (Equisetum × meridiomale)

No relation to : Horse-radish, Horse-Chestnut, Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) nor to Horse Mint (Mentha longifolia) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

It is narive and grows in damp places. Places such as dune-slacks, lake shores, riverbanks, mountain sites in stony areas or mountain flushes and on limy soils. It is fairly rare, found scattered in Ireland and the west and north of Britain, but very rare in the Central and the South of England.


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Distribution
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 BSBI maps
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Equisetum
(Horsetails)

VARIEGATED HORSETAIL

Equisetum variegatum

Horsetail Family [Equisetaceae]