Equisetum myriochaetum

Equisetum myriochaetum

Latin Name: Equisetum myriochaetum Cham. & Schltr.

Common Name: Giant horsetail

Distribution: Central Mexico to Peru

Habitat: Prefers fertile wet soil and is found in tropical and subtropical forests, usually along streams, or along wet roadsides and in swamps at altitudes of between 200 – 3,000m.

Description: Individual giant horsetail stems up to 2-3 m high and ~ 1 cm in diameter, branches regularly in whorls. Has deep underground rhizomes.

Propagation: Spores or Division

Cultivation: Grow in cool conservator (min temp 7ÂșC) in a deep container sitting in a try of water. Never let the compost dry out. Use a loamy, moisture retentive compost. Place in full sun or partial shade.

Uses: None

Restrictions: CITES Appendix II Listed Plant

RBGE Data (May 2012):

  • Accession number: 19734598
  • Source: Donated by Armond
  • Provenance: Garden origin
  • Location: Fern & Fossil House
Equisetum myriochaetum

Equisetum myriochaetum

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  • SubClass: Equisetopsida
  • Order: Equisetales
  • Family: Equisetaceae