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Vine Ephedra


Ephedra Family : Ephedraceae

Latin Name : Ephedra antisyphilitica
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – good
Livestock – good

Remarks :

Other common names, "Joint-fir", "Mormon tea", "Erect ephedra" and "Clapweed". An interesting, peculiar evergreen shrub. These plants have many jointed, slender green stems about half the size of a pencil and no discernable leaves; the stems carry on photosynthesis. Height 3 to 4 feet, width 3 to 6 feet. Blooms in the spring, the flowers are tiny cones, with male and female on separate plants; the fruit has a solitary seed. Ephedra is readily grazed by both deer and cattle. This plant has been used in domestic medicine for treatment of syphilis. This plant is very drought tolerant and requires full sun and well drained soils on dry gravelly plains, rocky hillsides, old field sand pastures, and calcareous slopes.

Source: USDA-NRCS

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