Marsh Horsetail - Equisetum palustre

Description

Stems 10 to 60 cm tall and 1 to 3 mm wide erect or decumbent, green, slightly rough, with few (only 4 to 8), rounded vertical ridges and prominent unbranched branches in irregular whorls the sheaths loose, grey green with erect black white edged, one ribbed teeth. Cone terminal on main stem (sometimes on side shots) 2 to 3.5 cm.

Habitat

Marshes and wet meadows.

When to see it

June and July

Life History

Perennial

UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in damp areas in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 167 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map