111.100 Equisetum L. - Horsetails

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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

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

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. ramosissimum

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ramosissimum Desf. subsp. ramosissimum N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Equisetum
Flora of Malawi: Equisetum
Flora of Mozambique: Equisetum
Flora of Zambia: Equisetum

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Equisetum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Equisetum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Equisetum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Equisetum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Equisetum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Equisetum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=7, retrieved 25 July 2016

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