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KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionGnetophytaGymnospermous flowering plants; supposed link between conifers and flowering plants
ClassGnetopsidaWoody plants, most closely related to conifers
OrderEphedralesA monogeneric order of gymnosperms in the subdivision Gneticae
FamilyEphedraceaeMormon-tea or joint-fir Family
GenusEphedraFrom Greek name ephedra used by Pliny for the common mare’s tail (Hipparus) which it somewhat resembles

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Ephedra description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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(Ephedra) · 5/2/2018 · Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm) Species not yet identified


(Ephedra) · 5/2/2018 · Cottonwood Spring, Joshua Tree National Park, Cali­fornia
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm) Species not yet identified