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Ephedra vulgaris, L
Ephedra from greek "on site"
Steppe raspberry of Russia
Ma Huang (Chinish)
Herb of the Sun
Ticture of branches and flowers
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Gymnospermae; Cycadopsida; Gnetatae; Gnetaceae
B.H. Monravow: Am. Hom't, V. 21, p. 237.
and in 1997 by master prover Dr. Juergen Hansel, Germany
Description of the substance
Ephedra is a genus of gymnosperm shrubs, the only genus in the family Ephedraceae and order Ephedrales. These plants occur in dry climates over a wide area mainly in the northern hemisphere
It is found on sandy seashores and in temperate climates of both hemispheres. The plant has stamens and pistils on separate flowers - staminate flowers in catkins and a membraneous perianth, pistillate flowers terminal on axillary stalks, within a two-leaved involucre. Fruit has two carpels with a single seed in each and is a succulent cone, branches slender and erect, small leaves, scale-like, articulated and joined at the base into a sheath.
Southern Europe north to N.W. France, to southern Slovakia and Ukraine, and to Siberia.
Generally on stony or coastal sandy soils, at 100-900 m elevation.