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Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)


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Thought to be one of the most primitive plants still in existence with very deep roots. The plant has invasive green, leafless, branching non-flowering stems. These are sometimes preceded by solitary non-branching fertile stems, up to 9 inches tall, which are topped by 'cones' made up of rings of spore containing capsules. Picture taken 6th May 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire.

7th May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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