Story: Weeds of agriculture

Field or common horsetail

Field or common horsetail

Field horsetail (Equisetum arvense) grows to about 80 centimetres high on sites throughout the country. It has hollow jointed stems, is very difficult to eradicate, toxic to livestock, and is on the national list of plants that cannot be sold or distributed in New Zealand.

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Ian Popay, 'Weeds of agriculture - Costs of weeds, and the future', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Ian Popay, published 24 Nov 2008