Found by the longhouse growing next to a population of sword ferns. 9 individual stems bunched together. Slighty hunched over and low to the ground. Not standing upright like normally. Hollow like a straw with black bands wrapped in patterns around the stem.
LOTS of horsetail growing under willow/kanuka/alder canopy. Well established.
Green segmented horsetail in rocky soil.
Equisetum arvense, the field horsetail or common horsetail, is a herbaceous perennial plant, native throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It has separate sterile non-reproductive and fertile spore-bearing stems, growing from a perennial underground rhizomatous stem system. The fertile stems are produced in early spring and are non-photosynthetic, while the green sterile stems start to grow after the fertile stems have wilted, and persist through the summer until the first autumn frosts.