Horsetail (Equisetum, Equisetaceae) in commerce and exported from Peru

Blanca León

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Several plant products are exported from Peru as food supplements (nutraceuticals), condiments and other uses for human consumption, among them the horsetail fern. Three names are used in commerce: Equisetum arvense, E. bogotense and "E. hiemale"; none of which represent the species being exported; instead the species in commerce is E. giganteum, easily recognizable by morphological details of their axes, ornamentation and stomata distribution.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)345-346
Number of pages2
JournalRevista Peruana de Biologia
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Equisetum
  • Fern identification
  • Horsetail
  • Peru


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