Calflora
Taxon  Report   3024    
Equisetum laevigatum  A. Braun
Horsetail,  Smooth horsetail, Smooth scouring rush
Equisetum laevigatum
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Equisetum laevigatum
© 2005 Doreen L. Smith
Equisetum laevigatum
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Equisetum laevigatum, a pteridophyte, is a fern that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Plant Characteristics
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Equisetum laevigatum
© 2005 James M. Andre
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Equisetum kansanum
PLANTS: Equisetum laevigatum ssp. funstonii
PLANTS: Hippochaete laevigata
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More information about  Equisetum laevigatum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (EQLA)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Oct 18, 2018).

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