Into The Marsh

Equisetum fluviatile

You may be wondering what this is a photograph of, huh? Well it looks kind of like very fine green barbed wire, but no. It’s not a kind of grass, either. It is does not have any Photoshop jiggery pokery either, this is as I had taken it near the shore of Derwentwater. It was difficult to get at because of a dense screen of trees, so I used my extended zoom. Any ideas, yet?

Well I know it is a Horsetail, and I think it is the Water Horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile).


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July 2018, Derwentwater, Keswick, Cumbria, England. © Pete Hillman.

Water Horsetail

Equisetum fluviatile

The stems of the Water Horsetail are smooth and may be sparsely covered whorls of narrow joined branches. Plant height 50 to 140cm.

Fertile stems ripen June to July. Found in marshes, on pond and lake margins, and ditches. Widespread and locally common in Britain and Ireland.

Photographs taken June 2013, nature reserve, Staffordshire.