smooth horsetail

Equisetum laevigatum

There are around 20 species of horsetail. 6

By: Kyler (6th grade), Mia (6th grade), Angel (7th grade), and Kaylie (6th grade) from Albuquerque Sign Language Academy, 2019

Equisetum laevigatum is a species of horsetail known by the common names smooth horsetail and smooth scouring rush. This plant is native to much of North America except for northern Canada and southern Mexico. It is usually found in moist areas in sandy and gravelly substrates. It may be annual or perennial. It grows narrow green stems sometimes reaching heights exceeding 1.5 meters. The leaves at the nodes are small, scale-like brownish sheaths.

There are around 20 species of smooth horsetail species. The stem is green and does not have many branches.It almost looks like a cat tail but they’re smaller and a lot smoother. They can live in the desert and three hundred million years. Horsetails prefers wet habitats, such as marshes, swamps and edges of the forest close to rivers and streams. That plant is found in states of America such as California, Washington, Ohio, North Dakota, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and many others.

This plant is use for a medicine for your skin and healthy hair. The horsetail is used for fluid retention (edema) kidneys, and bladder stones. Also, it is used for urinary tract infections the inability to control urination and general disturbances of kidneys and bladder.

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