Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

Giant Horsetail: Equisetum telmateia

Horsetails evoke the artists’ renditions of primordial  eras--and rightfully so, as the family dates back several hundred million years.Their reproductive system is primitive, producing spores in a conelike structure at the tip of the stem. However, they more frequently multiply asexually through rhizomes.

Giant Horsetail

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