Ephedra equisetina

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Ephedra equisetina Bunge

Ephedraceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun   7

Moisture: dry

Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: acicular

Division: simple

Shape: cup-shaped
Fruit: not specified

 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Pinophyta
Subdivisio:
Gnetophytina
Classis:
Ephedropsida
Subclassis:
Ephedridae
Ordo:
Ephedrales
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Ephedra equisetina, commonly known as Mongolian Ephedra, is a shrub.

Contents

Naming

Ephedra equisetina was described by Alexander Andrejewitsch von Bunge in 1852. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Ephedra equisetina is a species in the genus Ephedra which contains approximately 75 to 76 species and belongs to the family of the Ephedraceae (Ephedra Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 1 to 1,5 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Ephedra equisetina is evergreen. The simple leaves are opposite. They are acicular with entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Ephedra equisetina produces cup-shaped flowers.


Root System

Distribution

Ephedra equisetina is native to Central Asia, Mongolia and North China.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be gritty-sandy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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