Horsetail Reed Equisetum hyemale
FAMILY: EQUISETACEAE (Horsetail Family)
The horsetail reed Equisetum hyemale is an ancient grass species, a survivor from the Paleozoic era. Its slender stems are hollow and jointed, similar to bamboo, and a clump of stems together creates the bushy look that is the inspiration for the common name. It is native to Eurasia and North America and usually grows near water, particularly along marshes, pools, and streams. It is perfect for adorning the edges of the Mombasa Lagoon at the Safari Park.