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Zhong Ma Huang

(Ephedra intermedia)

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Description

Ephedra intermedia, with the Chinese common name of Zhong Ma Huang, is a species of Ephedra that is native to Siberia, Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the western Himalayas, Tibet, Mongolia, and China. Ephedra intermedia is found in deserts, grasslands, floodlands and river valleys, slopes and cliffs, and sandy beaches. It grows at elevations of 100–4,600 metres (330–15,090 ft), in rocky or sandy dry habitats. The plant grows to 1 metre (3.3 ft) tall. The strobili are dioecious, either male or female on any one plant, so both male and female plants are needed for seeds.

Taxonomic tree:

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