A site for botanists in Hampshire

Welcome to this site, which provides a forum for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) in Hampshire, and acts as the web site for the Hampshire Rare Plant Register project. Much of the activity detailed here is also organised by, or in collaboration with, the Hampshire Flora Group which is run and financially supported by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

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Equisetum x bowmanii

Bowman's Horsetail (Equisetum x bowmanii) remains one of the world's rarer hybrid plants, being known up to this year from a scatter of locations between Lyndhurst and Cadnam and one site in Scotland. It is a hybrid between two species (Wood Horsetail Equisetum sylvaticum and Great Horsetail E. telmateia) which are much more widespread but whose ecological niches rarely overlap. It is named in honour of its finder. Paul Bowman, who discovered it in its first known world site close to Minstead in 1986. After this it was found in several spots along the A337 road, where it continues to thrive. In 2017 Neil Sanderson discovered another very fine stand growing with one of its parents (Great Horsetail) some way east of its known spots.