Calflora
Taxon  Report   2971    
Ephedra aspera  Engelm. ex S. Watson
Mormon tea,  Rough jointfir
Ephedra aspera
© 2013 Mellisa Yin
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Ephedra aspera, a gymnosperm, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Plant Characteristics
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Ephedra aspera
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Family: EPHEDRACEAE  
Genus: Ephedra
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Ephedra clokeyi
ICPN + PLANTS: Ephedra fasciculata
PLANTS: Ephedra nevadensis var. aspera
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More information about  Ephedra aspera
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (EPAS)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 18, 2018).

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