Equisetum hyemale

Common Name:  Common Scouring Rush, Rough Scouring Rush

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Equisetum hyemale node.jpg (24974 bytes) Equisetum hyemale habit1.jpg (123591 bytes)
node, showing reduced scale-like leaves habit--Equisetum hyemale rarely branches

Equisetum hyemale strobilus.jpg (17909 bytes)

young strobilus on top of stem--this is the spore-producing structure (remember that scouring rushes are neither flowering nor seed-bearing plants) mature strobilus, shedding spores
mature strobilus close up--the sporangia are visible underneath each segment of the strobilus (these segments are called sporophylls)