Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
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Ephedra distachya

Ephèdre à chatons opposés
Joint Fir

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

green

Flower size

5-6 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Scales

Height

to 1 m

Description

It is thought that Ephedra distachya species date back to between 8-32 million years ago with jointed stems, firm, smooth and green. Photosynthesis takes place in the stems. There are male and female plants.

Rocky places, sandy shores, and stream banks.

Flowers

The male flower is a clustered structure, the female flower is elongated and pointed.

Leaves

Scales leaves resemble green scales e.g. Cupressus, Juniperus. Reduced, scale-like leaves.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: the red outer fleshy part surrounds a pit with a seed inside.

Medical

Stems: contain an alkaloid called ‘ephedrine’ which is used to treat catarrh and asthma.

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