Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, constituting alone the order Equisetaceæ. There are about 25 species known, of which 8 are found in Great Britain and 13 in North America, some being common to both countries. The cuticle abounds in silica, on which account the stems of some species are used for polishing wood and metal. Equisetum hiemale, the scouring-rush, is best suited for this purpose, and is largely imported into England from the Netherlands. The species of Equisetum are popularly called
horsetails. See cut in preceding column.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of vascular, cryptogamic, herbaceous plants; -- also called
- n. horsetails; coextensive with the family Equisetaceae
“Near the river there are also to be found carpets of a uniform green, consisting of a short kind of Equisetum, unmixed with any other plants, which forms a "gazon," to which no nobleman's country seat can show a match.”
“She examined three caves, and each one was yellow from pollen belonging to hollyhocks, grape hyacinth, yellow yarrow (Achillea), horsetail (Equisetum), seven other summer flowering plants, and evidence of pine branches.”
“Surface material deposits from glaciers and icefields form moraines which are colonized by lichens and mosses, horsetail Equisetum sp., willows Salix spp., fire weed Epilobium sp., and mountain avens Dryas drummondii.”
“Other common species include: Rubus saxatilis, Maianthemum bifolium, Lathyrus vernus, Galium septentrionale, Equisetum sylvaticum and Angelica sylvestris.”
“It shelters species such as interrupted clubmoss Lycopodium annotinum ssp. alpestre, common horsetail Equisetum arvense and in the drier parts round-leaved wintergreen Pyrola grandiflora.”
“Approximately 160 species of phanerogams, three club-mosses Lycopodium annotinum, Diphasiastrum alpinum and Huperzia selago, two horsetails Equisetum arvense and E. variegatum, and four ferns Cystopteris fragilis, Dryopteris fragrans, Woodsia ilvensis and Woodsia glabella occur in the nominated area.”
“The northern slopes also support wetland species such as Juncus maritimus, Typha australis, Scirpus holoschoenus, Phragmites australis and Equisetum ramosissimum.”
“At about 5,000 feet I first saw horsetails (Equisetum), very like our own species.”
“Horsetail Equisetum hyemale, E. arvense, which is a natural source of silica useful for strengthening bones, nails, and hair.”
“Another fomentation made with equal parts comfrey root (Symphytum off.), oak bark, horsetail (Equisetum species), prickly ash bark (Xanthoxylum americanum) and a half part each of ginger and cayenne can be used to treat bursitis, back pains, sprains, and painful arthritic and rheumatic problems.”
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