111.100 Equisetum L. - Horsetails

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Description of the genus

Terrestrial perennial plants with creeping subterranean rhizomes, roots borne in whorls at the nodes. Aerial stems erect, green, hollow, jointed, conspicuously ribbed,with whorls of branches at the nodes.the branches themselves also jointed. Leaves reduced to a many-toothed short sheath at each node. Cones (sporangiophores) borne at the ends of the main vegetative stems and rarely the branches too.

Derivation of name: equus: horse, seta: britle, hair; referring to the horsetail-like appearance of this fern.

Worldwide: c. 15 species, cosmopolitan except Australia

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

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ramosissimum Desf. subsp. ramosissimum N,W,C,E,SNw,S,WDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Equisetum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Equisetum
Flora of Malawi: Equisetum
Flora of Mozambique: Equisetum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Equisetum

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Equisetum
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Wikipedia: Equisetum

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Equisetum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=7, retrieved 28 February 2024

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