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|Ephedra foeminea Forssk|
Common names: joint-pine, jointfir, Mormon-tea or Brigham tea.
Ephedra foeminea is a genus of gymnosperm shrubs, the only genus in its family, Ephedraceae, and order, Ephedrales. The various species of Ephedra are widespread in many lands, native to southwestern North America, southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwest and central Asia, northern China, and western South America.
In temperate climates, most Ephedra species grow on shores or in sandy soils with direct sun exposure. Common names in English include joint-pine, jointfir, Mormon-tea or Brigham tea.
Alkaloids obtained from the species of Ephedra in herbal medicines containing synthetically prepared pseudoephedrine and ephedrine can cause cardiovascular events. These events have been associated with arrhythmias, palpitations, tachycardia and myocardial infarction. Caffeine consumption in combination with ephedrine has been reported to increase the risk of these cardiovascular events.
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- [2016-10-26 11:41]
Hi Nikos,interesting specie without leaves,lovely red fruits for a rich composition,excellent macro in the WS too. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano