Ephedra

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect or procumbent multi-stemmed shrubs; branchlets terete, opposite or whorled, grooved longitudinally. Leaves minute, scalelike, opposite or in whorls of 3. Male flowers in spikes, filaments fused into staminal column. Female flowers solitary or in whorls of 3, subsessile at nodes. Ovules solitary, erect, with a tube-like throat projecting from the perianth. Inner bracts becoming fleshy, yellow or red at maturity.

About 40 species, most from the Northern Hemisphere; 1 historically naturalised in Victoria, although now thought to be extinct.

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