Equisetum hyemale, Photo: Michael Lahanas
Equisetum hyemale L.
* 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.
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.
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