7 responses to “Equisetum pratense”

  1. Jonathan Knisely

    Daniel:
    What does it mean when you state that some of the members of this family “possessed secondary growth”?

  2. Barb Neal

    I would assume that secondary growth means an active vascular cambium that produces lateral growth, that is, an increase in girth. (eg. woody plant)

  3. Connor

    Jonathan – although no living equisetophyte has secondary growth (Equisetum giganteum gets remarkably tall despite this), some fossil plants appear to.

  4. Brian

    The horsetail does indeed have a wide distribution, including use in public art! Next summer, the Puget Sound area will enjoy the fist 15 mile long segment of a brand new Light Link Rail system that will run from Westlake Center in Seattle south to the SeaTac airport. As described on the Sound Transit web site “the tall green and black Safety Spires transform the Operations & Maintenance yard’s Overhead Contact System (OCS) poles into a celebration of transit, technology, and nature. One of the original inspirations for this artwork, created by artists Dan Corson and Norie Sato, was a prehistoric plant indigenous to this region – commonly known as the horsetail or Scouring Rush. The patterning on the horsetail, along with allusions to bamboo and spring growth seemed evocative of the renewal, maintenance and caring for the system taking place at the facility, the artists say.” There is a small photo of the horsetail themed poles on the Sound Transit Public Art web page. http://www.soundtransit.org/x3908.xml
    Long-time Seattle area residents will recall fondly the oversized “R” from the old Rainier brewery logo that looked down on the I-5 freeway just south of downtown. The very same “R” has been restored and reworked into public art as the first letter of the word “Rail” at the same O&M yard. Visitors stopping in Seattle on their way to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 will be able to take Light Rail to and from the airport and skip the rental car or taxi ride. Light Rail Map at: http://www.soundtransit.org/x1171.xml

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    may i please say thank you to
    the good people who write so
    many interesting and informative
    comments -i was not aware of
    the rail and logos and all the who
    whats and whens- my local florida
    papers or web sites would have not
    printed all the news aboutall your news
    thank you all

  6. pierre crozat

    I can totally see how this plant is beautiful ( like most plants) but personnally when I see this picture the only thing that comes to my mind is “good, it looks weak”!
    Equisetum is a most unwelcomed guest in some areas around here.
    I didn’t know, though,that it was a “free-living, bisexual”! that does make it a bit more friendly, I must say!

  7. Xavier Raynaud

    Thank you very muh for choosing my picture. Cheers

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