Sub-category: Horsetail family
A herbaceous perennial plant. The sterile stems are 10 to 90 cm tall and 3 to 5 mm diameter, with jointed segments around 2 to 5 cm long with whorls of side shoots at the segment joints; the side shoots have a diameter of about 1 mm. Some stems can have as many as 20 segments. The fertile stems are succulent-textured, off-white, 10 to 25 cm tall and 3 to 5 mm diameter, with 4 to 8 whorls of brown scale leaves, and an apical brown spore cone 10 to 40 mm long and 4 to 9 mm broad.
Found growing in meadows, fields, and moist areas near rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and marshes, as well as forest edges and roadsides.