Ephedra foliata



Ephedra foliata, with the common name shrubby horsetail, is a species of Ephedra. The plant is native to Western Asia, the Middle East, and Central Asia, from Egypt to Iran and India.
(From Wikipedia on 26.12.13)
Distributed in northwest and eastern Africa and widespread across the Arabian Peninsula, extending east to India (Saharo-Sindian/Irano-Turanian distribution; Freitag and Maier-Stolte 2003). Occurs from sea level up to 1,700 m.
Native: Afghanistan; Algeria; Bahrain; Chad; Djibouti; Egypt (Egypt (African part), Sinai); Ethiopia; India (Punjab); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Mauritania; Morocco; Oman; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; Western Sahara; Yemen (North Yemen, South Yemen)
A shrub, climbing/scrambling, occurring on rocky slopes and wadi-sides. Noted as a typical component of different types of thorn savanna in semi-arid and arid climates (Freitag and Maier-Stolte 2003).
Flowers from February to May.
Used medicinally and fruit is eaten as a dessert or as famine food, although these are not considered to be major threats.
(From IUCN Red List (LC) on 26.12.13)


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This Ephedra sp. is planted at Department of Botany, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra..
will share pics of male strobili once they appear..
Here are the female strobili, wanted to know the id.. 
Can this be Ephedra foliata ?
Got some pics showing habit of this plant from my college in Panipat.. wanted to share..
Thanks, ..., Flora of Pakistan (In stated link) gives Ephedra foltata Boiss (& not Ephedra foliata Boiss., which is an accepted name).
For more details of species found in India, pl. see efi page Ephedra
Yes, this is Ephedra foliata (Syn. E. ciliata)
I think that is a spelling mistake in Flora of Pakistan. Ephedra ciliata Fisch. & C.A.Mey. is shown as a syn,. of Ephedra foliata Boiss. in The Plant List.
... the correct name seems: Ephedra foliata Boiss. ex C.A.Mey vide Plant List 2010 [http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-332926] and IUCN Redlist [http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/201696/0]



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