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Ephedra foeminea Forssk.
Habit: Climbing shrub, <= 5 m, or hanging (prostrate). Stem: twigs glabrous, gray-green, aging red-brown at first, later gray; uppermost bud elliptic; pith white. Leaf: 2 per node, <= 2.5 mm, sheath base not swollen. Pollen Cone: 1--few per node, <= 5 mm; bracts 2 per node. Seed Cone: 1--several per node, 8--9 mm, narrow-cylindric before full maturity, stalk 2--10(20) mm, generally curved, naked; distal bracts 2 per node, round, fused >= 2/3, fleshy, red. Seed: (1)2, 6--9 mm, generally > 2 × as long as wide, smooth. Chromosomes: 2n=14 (acc. to older records also 12 and 28).
Ecology: Oak woodland; Elevation: 600--750 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: eastern Mediterranean, western Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Somalia. Note: Cones present Mar--Apr, Jul--Aug.
Synonyms: Ephedra distachya L., misappl.
eFlora Treatment Author: Stefanie M. Ickert-Bond
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Ephedra californica
Next taxon: Ephedra funerea
Citation for this treatment: Stefanie M. Ickert-Bond 2016. Ephedra foeminea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=85275, accessed on May 28, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 28, 2016.