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What are these?

  • What are these?
  • What are these?

Saw these funny looking things while walking the dog. They were growing wild on the side of a country lane. Would love to know what they are. Does anybody have any ideas?

Comments (7)

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    Amanda CW

    Thank you for this Mr Pickles - don't understand why they're a weed. I think they're very beautiful. Looking forward to seeing them in bloom.

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    If you had some in your garden like me you would understand why

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    Ohh they don't bloom that is the spore stem, no flower at all

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    Amanda CW

    Didn't really mean "bloom". I just love those spindly tendrils.....

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    Jeremy Wright

    Horsetails have quite a history. They have been around since before the dinosaurs. Their Latin name is Equisetum, and they are last living genus of the entire class of Equisetopsida, which dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests between 250 and 500 million years ago!

    I could imagine a dinosaur munching on them!

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    Geoff Hodge

    The Romans used to use them as scouring pads because of the tough silica content.
    I had some in my garden when I first moved here - but managed to eradicate them after two years.

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