Idaho Virtual Museum

IDS0068019 -- Equisetaceae

Equisetum laevigatum ()

Equisetum laevigatum (Full Resolution )

  • Taxonomic Name

    Equisetum laevigatum

  • Family

    Equisetaceae

  • Barcode

    IDS0068019

  • Herbarium

    Idaho State University, Ray J. Davis Herbarium

  • Locality

    U.S.A., Idaho, Bonneville County: Kelly Canyon Area.

  • Collection

    Vascular Plants

  • Collector

    Ian Troester-Solbrig

  • Note

    The rough silica crystals that line the outsides of Equisetum plants have been used to abrasively cleanse tools, dishes, and skin. Equisetum plants were traditionally used to treat bladder and kidney problems, constipation, gonorrhea, bronchitis, hemorrhage, wounds, and osteoporosis. Equisetum plants have killed livestock by depleting vitamin B in those that ingest it. Equisetum plants have been found to prevent the growth of some human leukemia cells in vitro laboratory studies. Equisetum plants significantly increased the speed of dermal wound healing in laboratory rats.