TG3204 : Field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

taken 1 year ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Field horsetail  (Equisetum arvense)
Field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Also known as common horsetail this herbaceous perennial plant is native throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It has separate sterile non-reproductive, and fertile spore-bearing stems growing from a perennial underground rhizomatous stem system. The fertile stems are produced in early spring and are non-photosynthetic, while the green sterile stems start to grow after the fertile stems have wilted, and can be seen throughout the summer.

Horsetail is the sole survivor of a line of plants going back three hundred million years and a descendant of plants that grew as tall as trees during the carboniferous period of prehistoric times. The Roman physician Aelius Galenus recommended it for medicinal purposes and several cultures have employed horsetail as a remedy for treating kidney and bladder troubles, arthritis, bleeding ulcers, and tuberculosis. The Chinese use it to cool fevers and as a remedy for eye inflammations such as conjunctivitis and corneal disorders, dysentery, flu, swellings and hemorrhoids. Horsetail is also known to have been used for treating anemia and general debility.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3205 0404 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.0764N 1:25.4373E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3205 0403
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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