New Mexico Wildflowers: Ephedra Family

(Ephedraceae)

 

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Torrey's Ephedra, Jointfir, Mormon Tea (Ephedra torreyana)

Ephedra plants stand out from others in the desert for seeming to consist of green twigs with "joints." Two species occur in the Albuquerque area. The twigs of E. trifurca have spiny tips, but this plant didn't have those. Hence, by a process of elimination, this bush is E. torreyana.