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In researching horsetail, i've read that it is excellent for collecting selenium from the soil (if it exists there). I also know that is is listed as a potentially toxic plant for livestock to ingest. Two questions:

Is the steril (fernlike) horsetail (equesitum arvense) the toxic portion or the fruit (spore) bearing partner the culprit?

Is this true for all livestock or just certain species?

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The following website has an extensive write up on horsetail.  Mostly related to its medicinal properties.  It's worth a try.
http://herbalgram.org/ ; It's the american botanical council
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