field horsetail


Definition of field horsetail

: a horsetail (Equisetum arvense) of the U.S. and Canada that produces from the same rhizomes brownish reproductive shoots in early summer and greenish chlorophyll-bearing vegetative shoots usually after the former have shed their spores

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“Field horsetail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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