Horsetail Family (Equisetaceae)
Season: Spring to Fall
Habitat: Moist, low lying areas
Description: Horsetails are very common in the mountains, preferring moist locations. They grow from segmented stems, each segment marked by a frilled joint. Often, the segments may sport a whorl of equally segmented branches. The plant can be quite dense. The non-branched stems are the fertile fronds and grow earlier in the season. They are often pale to brownish in colour and are topped with a scaly cone. On some species, these fertile fronds contain no chlorophyll which gives them their pale appearance. The non-fertile branched fronds photosynthesize on both the branches and the stem, unlike most plants which only photosynthesize on the leaves.