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¨@¨¨¨¨@@@¨                                          ¨@@@¨¨¨@@@
@@@¨¨¨@¨¨@                                          ¨@¨¨@¨¨@¨¨
@¨¨@¨¨@@¨@               (EQUISETUM)                ¨@@¨@@¨@@¨
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¨¨@@¨@@@@¨                                          @@@@¨@@¨@@
@¨@¨@@¨¨¨@                                          ¨¨¨¨@@¨@@¨
@@@@@¨@¨¨@         ¨~=:=~¨ THE PLANT ¨~=:=~¨        @¨¨¨@¨@@¨@
¨¨¨¨¨@@@¨@                                          @@¨¨@@@¨@@
@¨¨¨¨@¨¨@@ THE EQUISETUM  IS  A  PLANT  MUCH  OLDER ¨¨@¨@¨¨@@¨
@@¨¨¨@@¨@¨ THAN  FERNS,  WHICH  ARE  IN  TURN  MUCH ¨¨@@@@¨@¨@
¨¨@¨¨@¨@@@ OLDER THAN MOST  TREES. IT'S LIGHT GREEN @¨@¨¨¨@@@@
@¨@@¨@@@¨¨ TO  YELLOW  IN  COLOR  AND  IS  SLIGHTLY ¨@@@¨¨@¨¨¨
@@@¨@@¨¨@¨               TRANSPARENT.               @@¨¨@¨@@¨¨
@¨¨@@¨@¨@@                                          ¨¨@¨@@@¨@¨
@@¨@¨@@@@¨ THE  PLANT HAS A SPINE. EACH VERTEBRA IS ¨¨@@@¨¨@@@
¨¨@@@@¨¨¨@ STACKED UPON  THE NEXT,  WITH  SPOKELIKE ¨¨@¨¨@¨@¨¨
¨¨@¨¨¨@¨¨@ RIBS RADIATING  OUTWARD.  EVEN SO,  IT'S @¨@@¨@@@@¨
¨¨@@¨¨@@¨@ VERY  LIGHT, BEING HOLLOW. IT'S  ROUGHLY ¨@@¨@@¨¨¨@
@¨@¨@¨@¨@@ THE HEIGHT OF A  FOXES TAIL, AND  SHARES @@¨@@¨@¨¨@
¨@@@@@@@@¨            A SIMILAR PLUMAGE.            ¨¨@@¨@@@¨@
@@¨¨¨¨¨¨¨@                                          ¨¨@¨@@¨¨@@
¨¨@¨¨¨¨¨¨@ IT  LIKES PARTIAL SHADE  AND  VERY  DAMP ¨¨@@@¨@¨@¨
¨¨@@¨¨¨¨¨@                  AREAS                   ¨¨@¨¨@@@@@
@¨@¨@¨¨¨¨@                                          ¨¨@@¨@¨¨¨¨
@@@@@@¨¨¨@                                          ¨¨@¨@@@¨¨¨
@¨¨¨¨¨@¨¨@                                          ¨¨@@@¨¨@¨¨
@@¨¨¨¨@@¨@         ¨~=:=~¨ IN MAGIC ¨~=:=~¨         @¨@¨¨@¨@@¨
@¨@¨¨¨@¨@@                                          @@@@¨@@@¨@
¨@@@¨¨@@@¨ WHEN  A COLONY  NUMBERS  HIGH ENOUGH, IT @¨¨¨@@¨¨@@
@@¨¨@¨@¨¨@ SLICES   THE  AIR  IN  THE  FOREST  INTO ¨@¨¨@¨@¨@¨
@¨@¨@@@@¨@ SEPARATE PLANES,  A  FEW CENTIMETERS  IN @@@¨@@@@@@
¨@@@@¨¨¨@@ HEIGHT.  TIME   CAN  GET  DIFFRACTED  IN ¨¨¨@@¨¨¨¨¨
¨@¨¨¨@¨¨@¨ THESE,  HITTING   EACH  IN  TURN   IN  A ¨¨¨@¨@¨¨¨¨
¨@@¨¨@@¨@@      SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT ANGLE, AND       @¨¨@@@@¨¨¨
¨@¨@¨@¨@@¨          EVENTUALLY SPREAD THIN.         @@¨@¨¨¨@¨¨
¨@@@@@@@¨@                                          @¨@@@¨¨@@¨
¨@¨¨¨¨¨¨@@                                          @@@¨¨@¨@¨@
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¨¨¨@@¨¨¨@¨                                          @¨¨@¨¨@¨¨¨