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Ephedra distachya L.

Sea grape, ephedra

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
SpeciesdistachyaWith two spikes

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

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Ephedra distachya (sea grape, ephedra)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia ID is uncertain

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