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TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne and Wear Green Belt Posts: 879
I went on a long walk twice this week and noticed these poking up along a stretch of about a quarter of a mile of the walk. 

They seemed to be where it was quite boggy and looked really abundant the higher up the old embankment I looked (the path was an old train line).  After about a quarter of a mile they just stopped appearing. 

They look, to me, like trouble. Maybe because they remind me of snakes…..😂

Any ideas? 

Thanks as always. J. 


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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 42,385
    Equisetum. Some are invasive, but the ones suited for ponds are mostly ok. It may be that it's escaped from one nearby though. 

    Horsetail/Mare's tail is an equisetum.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne and Wear Green Belt Posts: 879
    edited 8 January
    Thank you. I did think horse/mare when I saw it. 
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,223
    It looks like the Dutch rush (also known as the scouring rush) we have near one of our ponds.
    Equisetum hyemale.
    This one isn't as invasive as others.
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne and Wear Green Belt Posts: 879
    Thank you 
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