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Marsh Horsetail, Equisetum palustre

Marsh Horsetail
Equisetum palustre
Scuab eich chorraigh
Family: Equisetaceae

Cones ripen June - July. Deciduous perennial. Native.

Stems with 5-9 rounded, prominent ridges, small stem-cavity. Loose grey-green sheaths, white-edged black teeth. Irregular whorls of hollow branches with short lower internodes.

Permanently damp and base-rich grassland, ditches, marshes. Most frequent in the north of Ireland.

Identification uncertain: Photographs probably Field Horsetail, Equisetum arvense. Correction by Paul Green

      Marsh Horsetail, Equisetum palustre

Marsh Horsetail. The Gearagh, Co.Cork. April 2008

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