Equisetum variegatum   Variegated Horsetail

Equisetum variegatum whole Equisetum variegatum whole

There are are quite a few horsetails which grow in Switzerland according to Flora Helvetica but this was the only example we saw during our week long stay in the Engadine region. In the British Isles E. variegatum is often a quite small, procumbent and easily overlooked plant but these specimens were upright and taller than the typical British specimen. The greyish edges above the black band to the leaf sheaths are typical of this species.

Val de Fain, Engadine, Switzerland, 6th July 2010

Added on 17th September 2010, updated 12th Nov 2014

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