Equisetum bogotense is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a running, subterranean stem, The erect, annual stems usual grow from 20 - 50cm tall but at higher, exposed, elevations they can be as small as 5cm[
The plant is often gathered from the wild for local medicinal use and is sold in local markets.
S. America - southern Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia through Central America to Costa Rica. Also in the Galapagos Islands.
In soil or among rocks, in wet open places, including banks of creeks, rivers, and irrigation ditches in moist to wet seeps and clay road banks, at elevations from 100 - 4,200 metres, but most often above 2,000 metres[
Succeeds in warm temperate to tropical areas, usually but not exclusively at elevations above 2,000 metres in the tropics.
The plant occasionally invades abandoned cultivated fields in its native range[
The entire plant is diuretic[
]. It is reputedly good for treating liver and kidney infection, colic, inflammations, and rheumatism; and is also used as a vaginal wash[
]. It is made into a tea for treating waist-area ache[
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