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Record number 491702
Title The Dutch rush: history and myth of the Equisetum trade
Author(s) Winter, W.P. de
Source The Fern Gazette 20 (2015)1. - ISSN 0308-0838 - p. 23 - 45.
Department(s) Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Abstract In England in the early 19th century at least two products went by the commercial name Dutch Rush, viz. the Rough Horsetail Equisetum hyemale L. used in cabinet making and similar crafts, and the Common Club-rush/Bulrush Schoenoplectus lacustris (L.) Palla used in matting and chair manufacturing. Some authors did not heed the scientific names and confused the properties and geo-cultural backgrounds of both products. Thus the myth took hold that E. hyemale was in culture in the Netherlands and that is was deliberately planted and cared for to protect that country from the sea. Scarce but widespread evidence of trade reveals that this species was economically insignificant. The idea that it owes its common name to imports from Holland could be correct; however, other parts of North and Central Europe, especially the upper Rhine Valley, are more likely to be the original sources from where the Dutch obtained the plants. North America can be reasoned to be an alternative origin, but evidence for this hypothesis is still lacking.
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