Water Horsetail - Equisetum fluviatile


    Erect stems to 150 cm high and 2 to 10 mm thick, either unbranched or with whorls of simple branches. Stems have 10 to 30 very fine shallow grooves and a large central cavity, three quarters of the diameter of the stem or more. Stems have numerous tight, green often orange tinged sheaths that bear short, dark, triangular pale edged teeth. Terminal cones are 1 to 1.5 cm long.

    Identification difficulty

    In slow moving freshwater, and pond and lake margins.

    When to see it

    June and July

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 107 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map