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Green Ephedera
Ephedraceae
Ephedra viridis


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Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub



Ephedraceae Family

Ephedra Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Joint Pine, Woody Horsetail, Mormon Tea, Brigham's Tea


Location

This was found in Southern Utah

Physical Description
small-medium sized shrub, with jointed needles that range from 2-12" in length. The general appearance of this plant is that of a weather-beaten, long needled, stunted pine


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Ephedraceae
Ephedra Family
Gnetophyta
Gnetophyta
Gneta Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information



The active compound is Ephedrine. Ephedrine is a herbal stimulant.

strong diuretic effect
Used to help urinary tract problems
treat syphilis

dilates the bronchial muscles, contracts the nasal mucosa, raises blood pressure, and is a cardiac stimulant.

Ephedrine's action is similar to that of adrenaline.

Side effects can be: nervousness, insomnia, cardiac arrhythmia, blood pressure, seizure and stroke.
Was said to be found in the burial remains of a Neanderthal:
  Neanderthal Herbs - Shanidar Cave, Iraq Neanderthal Herbs - Shanidar Cave, Iraq
Neanderthal Herbs - Shanidar Cave, Iraq
The Shanidar Cave was excavated between 1957-1961 by Ralph Solecki. Many Neanderthal fossils were found. The remains were dated to be around 60-80,000 years old. Which would have been near the end of





Mormon Tea, Brigham's Tea, Green Ephedera - Plant
Mormon Tea, Brigham's Tea, Green Ephedera - Plant - June 25, 2009

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