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Gerard Jointfir

(Ephedra gerardiana)

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Description

phedra gerardiana is a species of Ephedra, endemic to the mountains of Afghanistan, Bhutan, northern India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim, Tajikistan, and Tibet. It is a perennial small shrub composed primarily of fibrous stalks, generally about 8 inches though sometimes growing to 24 inches in height, with small, yellow flowers followed by round, red, edible fruits. It is sometimes used as a stimulant, and in Ayurvedic medicine its tea is used as medicine for colds, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and arthritis

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Order:Ephedrales
Family:Ephedraceae
Genus:Ephedra
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