Grand Valley State University
Catalog #: GVSC000083
Occurrence ID (GUID): 48fd82fa-adf2-4bba-835a-cc3e946a0b3c
Taxon: Equisetum hyemale L.
Family: Equisetaceae
Determiner: Stephanie Balljos (April 14, 2006)
Collector: Stephanie Balljos   07-0609   
Date: 2006-04-14
Locality: Michigan, Allegan, Found along a pond at the street address of 2727 65th Street, Fennville, Allegan County.
42.62002  -86.092351 +-449m.
Habitat: It is very common near the water's edge and is considered invasive.
Description: The plant is a perennial and is quite weedy. It is not cultivated. The plant can have a root system of up to six feet in length. The stem is hollow, discontinuous, and seems to have joints or breaks that are closer together as the plant grows upward. It is green in color, with the exception of a black "joint" which is surrounded by a couple millimeters of yellow. The tips of the stem appear to be brown and slightly bulbous with soft "flowers." The non-flowering plants end at a slight point that is black in color.
Notes: Medicinally, the plant is used to treat cancer and carcinomatuous ulcers. It can also be used as an antyhypercholesterolemic, a diuretic, natriuretic (improving kidney and urinary function), and to help treat diabetes.
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Record ID: 48fd82fa-adf2-4bba-835a-cc3e946a0b3c
For additional information on this specimen, please contact: Dr. Tim Evans (
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