Taxon  Report   3022 
Equisetum arvense  L.
Common horsetail rush,  Common horsetail, field horsetail, Field horsetail
Equisetum arvense
© 2012 Neal Kramer
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Equisetum arvense
© 2008 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy
Equisetum arvense
© 2006 Louis-M. Landry
Equisetum arvense, a pteridophyte, is a fern that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Equisetum arvense
© 2006 Robert Sivinski
Genus: Equisetum
Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian
Habitat: streambanks
Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Equisetum arvense var. alpestre
PLANTS: Equisetum arvense var. boreale
PLANTS: Equisetum arvense var. campestre
PLANTS: Equisetum arvense var. riparium
PLANTS: Equisetum calderi
More information about  Equisetum arvense
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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:   (Accessed: Mar 19, 2018).

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