Just because these are left over, and I want to show you, I'm going to make jokes about their names. They are both named for things they look like, but have no relationship with.
First is the common field horsetail, Equisetum arvense. Actually many of the plants in this genus make it easy to understand the name. Most of the species grow fluffy, thin leaves that grow in whorls around the stem, and the whole thing ends up looking like a horse' tail. But this is the fertile stalk of this species, and it looks more like asparagus.
And, I'm going to bring you the muskrat again, which is not a rat at all. It's a rodent, but that's as far as the relationship goes. I suppose it looks like a big rat, with that bare tail. But, I kept this a secret... I made a video of the muskrat munching.
|See Jordan River, Day 2 for horsetails with leaves
See Furry Swimmer, Part 2 for more pictures of this muskrat