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Equisetum pratense . Ehrh
Allostelites pratense (Ehrh) Börner; Equisetum drummondii Hook; Equisetum umbrosum G Mey ex Willd

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Equisetum pratense, fertile-strobilus
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Equisetum pratense, fertile-strobilus

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Equisetum pratense, entire
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Equisetum pratense, fertile-sheath
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Equisetum pratense, fertile-sheath

Equisetum pratense, veg branch
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Equisetum pratense, veg branch
Equisetum pratense, veg entire
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Equisetum pratense, veg entire

Equisetum pratense
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Equisetum pratense
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Equisetum pratense Ehrh.
meadow horsetail

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General Information
Symbol: EQPR
Group: Horsetail
Family: Equisetaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : AK   N
L48   N
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 39. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .




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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Equisetophyta – Horsetails
Class Equisetopsida
Order Equisetales
Family Equisetaceae – Horsetail family
Genus Equisetum L. – horsetail
Species Equisetum pratense Ehrh. – meadow horsetail

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Connecticut meadow horsetail Special Concern
Illinois meadow horsetail Threatened
New Hampshire meadow horsetail Threatened
New Jersey meadow horsetail Endangered
New York meadow horsetail Threatened

Wetland Status

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North America
Alaska FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACW
Great Plains FACW
Midwest FACW
Northcentral & Northeast FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium (EQPR)



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7. Equisetum pratense Ehrhart, Hannover. Mag. 22: 138. 1784.

Meadow horsetail, prêle des prés

Aerial stems dimorphic; vegetative stems green, branched, 16--50 cm; hollow center 1/6--1/3 stem diam. Sheaths somewhat elongate, 3--5 × 2--4 mm; teeth 8--18, narrow, 1.5--4 mm, centers dark and margins white. Branches in regular whorls, horizontal to drooping, solid; ridges 3; valleys channeled; 1st internode of each branch equal to or longer than subtending stem sheath; sheath teeth deltate. Fertile stems brown, with stomates, initially unbranched, persisting and becoming branched and green after spore discharge.

Cones maturing in late spring. Meadows, wet woodlands; 0--2000 m; Alta., B.C., Man., N.B., Nfld., N.W.T., N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Sask., Yukon; Alaska, Conn., Ill., Iowa, Maine, Mass., Mich., Minn., N.H., N.Y., N.Dak., Vt., Wis.; n Eurasia to ne China, Japan in Hokkaido.

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