Latin Name: Equisetum myriochaetum Cham. & Schltr.
Common Name: Giant horsetail
Distribution: Central Mexico to Peru
Habitat: Prefers fertile wet soil and is found in tropical and subtropical forests, usually along streams, or along wet roadsides and in swamps at altitudes of between 200 – 3,000m.
Description: Individual giant horsetail stems up to 2-3 m high and ~ 1 cm in diameter, branches regularly in whorls. Has deep underground rhizomes.
Propagation: Spores or Division
Cultivation: Grow in cool conservator (min temp 7ºC) in a deep container sitting in a try of water. Never let the compost dry out. Use a loamy, moisture retentive compost. Place in full sun or partial shade.
Restrictions: CITES Appendix II Listed Plant
RBGE Data (May 2012):
- Accession number: 19734598
- Source: Donated by Armond
- Provenance: Garden origin
- Location: Fern & Fossil House
- SubClass: Equisetopsida
- Order: Equisetales
- Family: Equisetaceae