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Equisetum giganteum

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Equisetaceae
Subgenus  E. subg. Hippochaete
Higher classification  Puzzlegrass
Order  Equisetales
Genus  Equisetum
Scientific name  Equisetum giganteum
Rank  Species
Equisetum giganteum Equisetum giganteum Wikipedia
Similar  Puzzlegrass, Equisetum bogotense, Equisetum myriochaetum, Equisetum telmateia, Equisetaceae

Equisetum giganteum, with the common name southern giant horsetail, is a species of horsetail native to South America and Central America, from central Chile east to Brazil and north to Southern Mexico.

Equisetum giganteum Equisetum giganteum Chad Husby Flickr

Description

Equisetum giganteum Equisetum giganteum Chad Husby Flickr

It is one of the largest horsetails, growing 2–5 metres (6.6–16.4 ft) tall, exceeded only by the closely allied Equisetum myriochaetum (up to 8 metres (26 ft) relying on surrounding plants' support). The stems are the stoutest of any horsetail, 1–2 cm diameter (up to 3.5 cm diameter in some populations), and bear numerous whorls of very slender branches; these branches are not further branched, but some terminate in spore cones. Unlike some other horsetails, it does not have separate photosynthetic sterile and non-photosynthetic spore-bearing stems.

Equisetum giganteum Giant Horsetail Equisetum giganteum

Populations from northern Chile with very stout stems up to 3.5 cm diameter have sometimes been treated as a separate species Equisetum xylochaetum, but this is not widely regarded as distinct.

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References

Equisetum giganteum Wikipedia


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