Year of 2017

Common mare's tail growing on the Tibetan Plateau, China

The common mare’s tail (Hippuris vulgaris), not to be confused with horsetail or cattail, is an aquatic plant that grows across a wide range of territory, from the wetlands of North America to the high altitudes of the Tibetan Plateau. This perennial herb grows in shallow water and mud. In herbal medicine, mare’s tail is sometimes used to heal wounds. But in some circles, it’s just considered a weed.

Hippuris vulgaris, known as mare’s-tail or common mare’s tail, is a common aquatic plant of Eurasia and North America ranging from Greenland to the Tibetan Plateau to Arizona. It prefers non-acidic waters. The species is also sometimes called horsetail, a name which is better reserved to the horsetails of genus Equisetum. These are unrelated to H. vulgaris, although there is some resemblance in appearance.
Scientific name: Hippuris vulgaris
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Hippuris