Unknown. Weed?

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  1. wazungy

    wazungy Active Member 10 Years

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    This stringy plant grows in my garden. I believe it is a weed.
    Still, I'd like to know what it is.
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Field horsetail. If there is a small bit, keep digging at it until it is gone. Otherwise you may end up with a large patch of it. Extensive, stringy, fibrous root system goes deep and breaks when pulled at.

    One of the most hated local weeds, descended from lines dating back to the coal age.

    The dinosaurs are long gone. Roaches and horsetails are still here.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Dinosaurs are still here too, they just grew feathers and started flying around ;-)
     
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    wazungy Active Member 10 Years

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    AHA!

    I thought it was some type of horse.
    I thought horse-grass, did a google and came up empty.

    Horse tail, thanks!

    Wazungy
     
  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Equisetum arvense for the scientific name
     
  6. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    "Dinosaur" in ordinary usage refers to those occurring before the appearance of birds.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Or to myself, and others of my vintage, who occurred before the appearance of modern technology.
     
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    wazungy Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank you all for the replies.

    I shall be more diligent in removing it now.

    Wazungy
     
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    Crocodillians are living dinosaurs! And I'm pretty sure sharks pre-date dinosaurs....anyway, that's not the point!
     
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    It also can go by the names Bottlebrush, Horse Pipes, Mare's Tail, and about a dozen other names, it grows all over Nova Scotia.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I thought alligators and crocodiles were from a different group.
     
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    They were around in the time of dinosaurs though. Pretty sure they were much bigger, though, haha.
     
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    The term "crocodilian" is sometimes used for any member of the order Crocodilia: true crocodiles; alligators; caimans; and gharials. "Crocodylomorpha" is a collective term for prehistoric crocodile relatives and ancestors.

    Alligators belong to the family Alligatoridae, genus Alligator.
     

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