Ephedraceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Dioecious or monoecious shrubs. Leaves reduced, short with fused sheaths; lacking resin. Cones terminal on short axillary shoots, enclosed by 2–10 decussate pairs of membranous bracts; distal bracts containing flowers with false perianth of two leathery scales. Seed cones developing into swollen, round red or yellow 1–2 seeded fruit.

Monogeneric family.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-06-30
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Gnetopsida
order Ephedrales
Higher taxa
family Ephedraceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Ephedra