Equisetum myriochaetum

Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail is the largest species of horsetail, commonly reaching 15 feet (4.6 m), and with the largest recorded specimen having a height of 24 feet. 

Native to south and central America in a range from central Mexico to Peru, is also known as the Mexican giant horsetail.

Equisetum myriochaetum are marvelous plants 

  • tall
  • evergreen
  • distinctly primeval looking 

they are a reminder of the ancient swamp-forests of the Carboniferous that produced the Earth's coal and oil deposits. 

Species detail

E. myriochaetum is the the largest member of the small genus Equisetum, that is the only genus in the fern family Equisetaceae. In the UK, living plants of this impressive species are on display in the evolution house of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew and in the fern house of the RBG Edinburgh.

  • Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail.
    Taxonomy

    Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail has a distinct characteristics that make it a giant horsetail. Find out more about the morphology of Equisetum myriochaetum.

  • Equisetum myriochaetum
    Distribution and habitat

    Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail is found in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecquador and Peru.

  • Equisetum myriochaetum
    Biology

    Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail is fast growing fern ally that can grow up to 8m tall. Find out more about the growth, reproduction and dispersal of this plant.

  • Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail
    References

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Equisetum myriochaetum

Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail.

Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail.

Equisetum myriochaetum the giant horsetail.