Ephedra fasciculata Ephedraceae (gymnosperm)
Arizona Ephedra, Arizona Joint Fir, Desert Mormon Tea, Mojave Ephedra
- Shrubs with small deciduous leaves and green stems, erect or prostrate, to about 3 ft (~0.9 m) high.
Stems pale green, yellowing with age, with many longitudinal grooves, internode length 1-5 cm.
Leaves opposite, only 1-3 mm long, bases membranous, brown, becoming gray with age. Male (pollen)
cones, light yellow, 2 or more at node, more or less ovoid, 4-8 mm long; female (seed) cones 2-several at
node, obovoid to ellipsoid, 6-13 mm long, light brown to green.
- Full sun to partial shade, heat and drought tolerant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7(?) Native range from California,
to Arizona, Nevada and Utah mostly on dry rocky slopes, washes, and sandy areas.
- fasciculata: in bundles, possibly a reference to the manner in which the small leaves are
attached to the leaf stem in little bunches (of two's) or 'fascicles'