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Equisetum Fluviatile- Water Horsetail

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Growing up to 100 centimeters when mature, the water horsetail is quick to mature and reproduces with both spores and rhizomes. Some may also have side branches that grow up to 5 centimeters.

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Equisetum Fluviatile - Water Horsetail

The water horsetail, known scientifically as Equisetum fluviatile, is a perennial herbaceous plant commonly found near sources of fresh water. Native to the upper half of North America and located in a multitude of other countries on several continents, the water horsetail is typically found in large groups clustered together. Often dark to medium pull apart. Tiny, black scale leaves locate between each joint, with the joints decreasing in size as the stalks grow longer. The majority of the plant is composed of a hollow core running along its entire length, notable for being the largest of such hearts among the horsetail plants. Growing up to 100 centimeters when mature, the water horsetail is quick to mature and reproduces with both spores and rhizomes. Some may also have side branches that grow up to 5 centimeters. These plants can often classify as invasive due to how quickly they spread in an area, sometimes crossbreeding with other similar species to create hybridized plants. They are also remarkably hardy, adapting to almost any soil type or condition and thriving in the shade as well as full sunlight. The only caveat is that they must typically be planted near a freshwater source, such as the bank of a river, a swamp, or pond, as they require a right amount of water to grow properly. This plant is a significant food source for animals like the black bear and ducks. Cows and reindeer are also known to enjoy them, being employed as a vital food source for both in northern European countries. Humans can even eat younger water horsetails. Because of their high silica contents, they also make excellent files and sanding instruments.

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