Ephedra nevadensis Ephedra nevadensis Ephedra nevadensis
File:Ephedra-nevadensis-cones.jpg Ephedra nevadensis
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Common Name Nevaad Jointfir, Mormon Tea, Indian Tea, Jointfir, Ephedra, Popotillo
Latin Name Ephedra nevadensis
Family Ephedraceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 2-13 / 7-11
Type / Forms Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Below 3,600 feet in the Sonoran, Mojave, Great Basin, and Chihuahuan Deserts
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, low organic content, well drained
Water Once per month until established
Height X Width 5 X 5 feet
Protective Mechanism Spine at tip of stem
Leaves Evergreen stems, yellow green, scale leaves
Flowers Yellow flowers on males in spring
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagagtion Seeds (1-)2, ellipsoid, 6-9 2-4 mm, brown, smooth. 2n = 14, 28. ... Coning late winter-midspring"
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, background
Garden Suitability Songbird, Sonoran, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Texture of stems, yellow flowers on males in spring
Nature Value Cones eaten by quail and other birds and small mammals; ; browse for bighorn sheep and deer
Native American Uses Prepared as a tea for stomach and bowel disorders, for colds, fever, and headache. The dried and powdered twigs were used in poultices for burns and ointments for sores. One tribe made a decoction of the entire plant and drank it to help stop bleeding.
Links  
    Data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=EPNE
    Images and data http://www.conifers.org/ep/ep/nevadensis.htm
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephedra_nevadensis
    Images and data http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ephedra+nevadensis
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Ephedraceae/Ephedra_nevadensis.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=2977
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/361.htm
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=EPNE
Note: High pollinator
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