Shrubby horsetail

Ephedra foliata

"Ephedra foliata" is a species of flowering plant in the Ephedraceae family. It is referred to by the common name shrubby horsetail. It is native to North Africa, and Southwest Asia, from Morocco and Mauritania east to Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Punjab State in India.
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Naming

"Ephedra foliata" was originally described by Pierre Edmond Boissier, later validly published by Carl Anton von Meyer in 1846, and placed in section "Pseudobaccatae", "tribe" "Scandentes" by Otto Stapf in 1889. In 1996 Robert A. Price classified "E. foliata" in section "Ephedra" without recognizing a tribe.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionGnetophyta
ClassGnetopsida
OrderEphedrales
FamilyEphedraceae
GenusEphedra
SpeciesE. foliata