One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A widely distributed water plant with whorls of narrow leaves around a tall stout stem.
Hippuris vulgaris, family Haloragaceae
- ‘At 2 oz. / acre, its residual control spectrum includes seedling dandelion, common lambsquarters, mare's tail, horseweed, eastern black nightshade, pigweeds and shepherd's purse.’
- ‘Most plant dry mass in the diet of Barrow's Goldeneyes consisted of seeds of submergent and emergent macrophytes, particularly those of pondweeds, mare's tails, and bulrushes.’
- ‘Also known as mare's tail and by its botanical name Conyza Canadensis, it grows straight upright on a central stem surrounded by long, thin leaves.’
- ‘Southern farmers can now add tropical spiderwort, mare's tail and morning glory to their list of glyphosate resistant weeds’
- ‘Interestingly, pike-bearing streams also contained an abundance of mare's tail, while streams without pike did not.’
2mare's tailsLong straight streaks of cirrus cloud.
- ‘I remember the day: a warm evening riding back from the workshops, a dusting of misty mare's tails high in a sky already touched by gold.’
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