SIA0515: Horsetail

Common Name:Horsetail
Plant Species:Equisetum hyemale
Plant Symbol:EQHY
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2003 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Calf Creek, Utah

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Horsetail is a living fossil of the dinosaur age. This jointed rush-like plant is found only on moist sites near springs or creeks. Its nickname "scouring rush" comes from its use by the pioneers for cleaning their pots and pans.

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