Thin stalk, about 100 - 150mm tall, pinky/brown, in scrub and bramble
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It is certainly a species of mare's tail/horsetail/catweed, but there are several species in the UK. Is this one arvense?
I'm not certain, I just think it's the most likely given the cone form, habitat and the fact that it has appeared before the sterile stems. The only other one I wondered about was Great Horsetail. I'm always happy to be corrected though! :)
You won't be by me :-)
Equisetrum telmateia on base rich clay soils
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There are two UK horsetails which exhibit this colourless male spike - E. arvense and E. telmateia. E. telmateia has very large cones on the fertile spikes and this looks much more like the proportions associated with E. arvense. However photographs can be deceptive!
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Lat/Lng: 50.6, -2.5
OS grid ref: SY6778