From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Illustration Hippuris vulgaris0.jpg
Common mare's tail (Hippuris vulgaris) from Thomé
Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Tribe: Callitricheae
Genus: Hippuris

Hippuris, the mare's tail, was previously the sole genus in the family Hippuridaceae. Following genetic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, it has now been transferred to the family Plantaginaceae, with Hippuridaceae being reduced to a synonym of Plantaginaceae.

It includes one to three species depending on taxonomic interpretation. Some authorities only accept the first species of those listed below, treating the other two as synonyms of it:

They are aquatic plants found in shallow ponds and streams, both slow-moving and fast-flowing. This flowering plant is sometimes mistakenly identified as the non-flowering horsetail.


  • "Hippuridaceae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  • "Hippuris". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

External links[edit]