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Equisetum hyemale

Equisetum hyemale, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Pteridophyta
Classis: Equisetopsida
Ordo: Equisetales
Familia: Equisetaceae
Genus: Equisetum
Subgenus: Equisetum subg. Hippochaete
Species: Equisetum hyemale


Equisetum hyemale L.

Vernacular names
Česky: Přeslička zimní
Dansk: Skavgræs-Padderok
Deutsch: Winter-Schachtelhalm
English: Rough Horsetail
Français: Prêle d'hiver
Magyar: Téli zsurló
日本語: トクサ
Lietuvių: Šiurkštusis asiūklis
Nederlands: Schaafstro
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Skavgras
Polski: Skrzyp zimowy
Suomi: Kangaskorte
Svenska: Skavfräken
Українська: Хвощ зимовий


* Linnaeus, C. Sp. pl. 2: 1062, 1753.

Rhithrogena germanica on Equisetum hyemale


Equisetum hyemale (rough horsetail or scouring rush) is a species of horsetail native to moist forests, forest edges and stream banks, swamps, fens throughout the Holarctic Kingdom. The rough bristles have been used to scour or clean pots, used as sandpaper, as well as to shape the reeds of reed instruments such as clarinets or saxophones.[1][2]

Boiled and dried Equisetum hyemale is used as traditional polishing material like fine grit sandpaper in Japan.


1. ^ Johnson, Derek; Linda Kershaw, Andy Mackinnon, Jim Pojar (1995) (Digitized online by Google books). Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland. Lone Pine Publishing and the Canadian Forest Service. pp. 281. ISBN 1-55105058-7. http://books.google.ca/books?id=Gpn0HAAACAAJ&dq=Aspen+Parkland. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
2. ^ Wilkinson, Kathleen (1999). Wildflowers of Alberta A Guideto Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants. Edmonton Alberta: Lone Pine Publishing and University of Alberta. pp. 34. ISBN 0-88864-298-9. }}

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