Friday, February 4, 2011


giant horsetail
Equisetum telmateia ssp. braunii
Equisetaceae

Horsetails are so unusual looking. I was surprised to find out it's considered a fern, in a broad sense of the definition. Makes sense, I guess. In a previous horsetail post, I removed the label native wildflower, obviously because it doesn't flower, and have added new labels for horsetails and ferns. It is a native plant. Like grasses, I don't attempt to ID most ferns and you'll notice a definite lack of grass and fern posts on Nature ID.

4 comments:

texwisgirl said...

It's rather pretty in its own unique way...

John W. Wall said...

I'm surprised to find out it's a fern, too, although I guess there's still some taxonomic shenanigans about whether they're in a separate division or not.

Brad said...

A fern? Or at least in that family, crazy. I never would have guessed.

Nature ID (Katie) said...

John and Brad, I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one surprised after finding this tidbit of info. I feel like I need to go back to basic biology. Erg!