Ephedra distachya L.
Sea Grape, Ephedra
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Gnetophyta||Gymnospermous flowering plants; supposed link between conifers and flowering plants|
|Class||Gnetopsida||Woody plants, most closely related to conifers|
|Order||Ephedrales||A monogeneric order of gymnosperms in the subdivision Gneticae|
|Family||Ephedraceae||Mormon-tea or joint-fir Family|
|Genus||Ephedra||From Greek name ephedra used by Pliny for the common mare’s tail (Hipparus) which it somewhat resembles|
|Species||distachya||With two spikes|
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Ephedra distachya description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
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2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA ID is uncertain
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