Sunday, October 3, 2010

Horsetail - InLine Wetland - Wetlands that are Modular - Plant for Florida and the Southeast US.

Horsetail is a great plant for wetlands in a box, wetlands that are modular or in-line and used in urban settings.

Equisetum hyemale is a native to Florida.  Shown here are several small clumps growing in an in-line wetland for cleaning stormwater (this wetland is modular - most of the system is in a box underground - but it is specifically designed for Florida's unique hydrocycle).

Horsetail - Plants for Stormwater In-line Wetlands
The University of Florida's website sponsored by IFAS says the following about Horsetail -

"Horsetails are easily recognized ancient plants, the only remaining ones of their kind from millions of years ago. They are fern-like in function but not fern-like in shape. They are consumed by all kind of widllife, including mammals. Two varieties of the Equisetum exist in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Horsetails occur throughout the entire U.S. and the majority of Canada (Kartesz, 1999).
Scouring-rush horsetail is a horsetail. Stems erect, 2-5 ft. tall, ridged, dark evergreen, jointed nodes, conspicuous blackish rings around the nodes, hollow between nodes; leaves reduced to very small node-scales; cone-like structure at stem tip is called a "strobilus", to 1 in. long; strobili contain sporangia which produce green reproductive spores, strobili are various shades of brown."

For more information from the UF website click here.

For more information about how in-line wetlands can help clean stormwater - email Kevin.

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