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EQUISETACEAE HORSETAIL FAMILY

Robert E. Preston & Richard L. Hauke

Perennial herb from rhizome. Stem: annual to perennial herb, generally erect, of 2 kinds (sterile, fertile) or not; internodes with lengthwise alternating ridges and grooves, hollow except at nodes, branches 0 or whorled, alternate leaves. Leaf: scale-like, whorled, fused into nodal sheath with as many teeth as leaves, generally not green. Sporangia: several on inner surface of peltate scales that are clustered into a terminal cone; spores of 1 kind, spheric, green, unmarked, with 4 strap-like appendages.
1 genus, 15 species: worldwide except Australia, New Zealand. [Hauke 1993 FNANM 2:76–84] —Scientific Editors: Alan R. Smith, Thomas J. Rosatti.

EQUISETUM HORSETAIL, SCOURING RUSH
(Latin: horse, bristle, from roots of Equisetum fluviatile L.)

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Apr 17 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Equisetum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9816, accessed on Apr 17 2014

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