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Useful Tropical Plants

Equisetum ramosissimum

Desf.

Equisetaceae

+ Synonyms

Equisetum debile Roxb. ex Vaucher

Hippochaete ramosissima (Desf.) Börner

Common Name: Branched Horsetail

Equisetum ramosissimum
Plant growing in the Czech Republic
Photograph by: Don Pedro28
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General Information

Branched horsetail is an evergreen perennial plant. The leafless stems, which are produced from a deep-rooted rhizome, have whorls of branches at their nodes.
The stems are gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine and cleaning agent.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Temperate Europe and Asia; northern, eastern and southern Africa; E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines.

Habitat

Marshes and abandoned rice fields, meadows along streams or trails, or attached to rocks in streams[
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Title
Fern Databank, Sahah.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.forest.sabah.gov.my
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the ferns growing at Sabah in Indonesia. A description, habitat and plant uses are givem, often accompanied by a photo.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant with a very wide range, found from temperate Europe and Asia through to the tropics of Africa and Asia.
Easily grown in ordinary garden soil, so long as it remains moist[
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Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
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Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The juice of the roots is used to relieve the pain of toothache[
437
Title
Fern Databank, Sahah.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.forest.sabah.gov.my
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the ferns growing at Sabah in Indonesia. A description, habitat and plant uses are givem, often accompanied by a photo.
].

The stem, which is sweet and slightly bitter tasting, is diuretic[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
]. It is said to cleanse the liver and clear the eyesight[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
]. It is used in the treatment of hypertension, reddening and swelling pain in the eye, pterygium of the cornea, enteritis, diarrhoea, jaunditic hepatitis and renal lithiasis[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
].

Other Uses

The stems accumulate crystals of silica. They are used as a scourer for cleaning cooking utensils etc[
437
Title
Fern Databank, Sahah.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.forest.sabah.gov.my
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the ferns growing at Sabah in Indonesia. A description, habitat and plant uses are givem, often accompanied by a photo.
,
438
Title
Ferns and Man in New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Croft. J.
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/fern/ferns-man-ng.html
Publisher
 
Year
1982
ISBN
 
Description
Based on a paper presented to Papua New Guinea Botany Society in 1982, gives a brief guide to the uses of 42 species of fern in New Guinea. Published on the internet.
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The sandpaper-like qualities of the stem lead to its use in shaping and smoothing tools, ornaments and weapons[
438
Title
Ferns and Man in New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Croft. J.
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/fern/ferns-man-ng.html
Publisher
 
Year
1982
ISBN
 
Description
Based on a paper presented to Papua New Guinea Botany Society in 1982, gives a brief guide to the uses of 42 species of fern in New Guinea. Published on the internet.
].

Propagation

Spores -
Division of the rhizomes. Even small sections will grow away so long as they have a node.
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-10-21. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Equisetum+ramosissimum>

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