The main problem with common names is that some plants may be described by 10 or more names. Field horsetail (Equisetum arense) is one of those species--while the species is easily distinguished from any other plant due to its unique growth habit, the myriad of names used to describe the plant leads to confusion in its identification.
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Hartzler, Robert G. and Owen, Micheal D., "Horsetail, scouring rush, skeletonweed, etc., etc., etc." (2006). Integrated Crop Management News. 1279.
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