Pteridophyta

Equisetaceae - Horsetail family

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Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta FZ

Description of the family

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.

Worldwide: 1 genus and c. 15 species worldwide.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Equisetum ramosissimum

More sample images from the Equisetaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

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Equisetum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Equisetaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Equisetaceae
Flora of Zambia: Equisetaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Equisetaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Equisetaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=81, retrieved 23 October 2014

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