Ephedra foliata

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Ephedra foliata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Order: Ephedrales
Family: Ephedraceae
Genus: Ephedra
Species: E. foliata
Binomial name
Ephedra foliata
Boiss. ex C.A.Mey.
  • Ephedra alte C.A.Mey.
  • Ephedra ciliata Fisch. & C.A.Mey.
  • Ephedra ciliata Aitch.
  • Ephedra asparagoides Griff.
  • Ephedra alte Brandis
  • Ephedra kokanica Regel
  • Ephedra peduncularis Boiss.
  • Ephedra polylepis Boiss. & Hausskn.
  • Ephedra rollandii Maire
  • Ephedra aitchisonii (Stapf) V.A.Nikitin

Ephedra foliata, with the common name shrubby horsetail, is a species of Ephedra.

The plant is native to North Africa, and Southwest Asia, from Morocco and Mauritania east to Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Punjab State in India.[1][2][3]


Ephedra foliata was originally described by Pierre Edmond Boissier, later validly published by Carl Anton von Meyer in 1846, and placed in section Pseudobaccatae (=sect. Ephedra), "tribe" Scandentes by Otto Stapf in 1889. In 1996 Robert A. Price classified E. foliata in section Ephedra without recognizing a tribe.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
  3. ^ Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2011). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 3: 1-449. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  4. ^ Price, R. A. (1996). Systematics of the Gnetales: A review of morphological and molecular evidence. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 157(6): S40-S49.

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