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Ephedra californica

Ephedra californica S. Watson

California Joint Fir

Ephedraceae (Mormon-Tea Family)


USDA Symbol: EPCA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Whorled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Dioecious
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
Bloom Notes: Reproduces in cones.



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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ephedra californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ephedra californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ephedra californica


Record Modified: 2010-08-19
Research By: WMWW

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