matus at pap.univie.ac.at
Sun Jun 11 15:09:47 EST 1995
ecochad at aol.com (Eco Chad) wrote:
>I am interested in plants of the ancient fern ally genus Equisetium
>(commonly called Horsetails). I have found it difficult to get any ...
>P.S. I am especially interested in Equisetium diffusum and I would like
>to know what its native range is and how I might obtain and culture it.
To my knowledge the latest monograph of the genus Equisetum is by
Richard L. Hauke (University of Rhode Island), distripution maps
 Equisetum Subgenus Hippochaete
Beih. Nova Hedwigia 8. (1961)
 Equisetum Subgenus Equisetum
Nova Hedwigia 30 (1978)
According to  the distribution of Equisetum diffusum is:
Himalaya mountains from Simla (India) to Tibet, Sikkim, Burma,
Assam, Bhutan, Nepal, and adjacent China. 450 to 3500 msm.
I have nearly all european species in culture, both in garden and
potted. With the exception of E. telmateia and E. sylvaticum which
have not been held in culture, they are quite easy to grow from short
rhizomes or even of the stems. I have some plants which I grew from
rhizomes I got via airmail from USA and Canada. On the other hand it
is not so easy to get plants from the spores.
BTW the spelling is Equisetum not Equisetium (important for a search
I am also very interested in this group, especially in the species of
the neotropis. If you get more information please drop me a line.
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