Ephedra gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf, Denkschr. Kaiserl. Akad. Wiss., Wien. Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. 56(2): 75 1889.;
Common name: Somlata, Gerard Jointfir • Hindi: Ain, Khanta, सोमलता Somlata • Ladakhi: ཆེཔཏ Chhepat, སོམlཏཱ Somlata • Malayalam: Buchchur • Sanskrit: सोमा Soma, सोमलता Somlata ;


Ephedra gerardiana from Ladakh: Ephedra gerardiana shrub from Nubra Valley Ladakh. Found on rocky hill
Pl validate. Height 2 feet approx.

Yes ..


VoF: Ephedraceae – Ephedra gerardiana Wallich ex C. A. Meyer: No image seen now.

Ephedra gerardiana Wallich ex C. A. Meyer, Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, Sér. 6, Sci. Math., Seconde Pt. Sci. Nat. Sci. Nat. 5: 292 [Vers. Monogr. Gatt. Ephedra 102]. 1846.
A gymnosperm found around the rocks exposed to sun. Not so common.

Gymnosperms fortnight :: Ephedra gerardiana from Paddar valley SKR09: Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Ephedra gerardiana from Paddar valley J&K.

I hope same as in earlier post

Re: [efloraofindia:176580] Gymnosperms fortnight ::Ephedra gerardia from Paddar valley SKR09 : 1 image. 1 post by 1 author.
Minor correction Ephedra gerardiana

Gymnosperm Fortnight: Ephedra gerardiana: 121213: GSG-03 : Attachments (2).  1 post by 1 author.
Ephedra gerardiana, ‘Somlata’, photographed from Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh


I think this one is Ephedra gerardiana ??
Family: Ephedraceae,
Location: Nubra Valley, Ladakh

I think matches with images at Ephedra gerardiana

GYNMOSPERM FORTNIGHT (1-14 Dec2013): Ephedra sp for ID from Uttarakhand_DSR_20 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.
This Ephedra species was shot near Badrinath at an altitude of 3400m.
It was growing on a rock crevice on almost vertical slope.

Ephedra species in efi

Appears to be Ephedra gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf as per comparative images in efi at Ephedra

Thank you … Now taking it as Ephedra gerardiana.


Ephedra gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf (accepted name) ??? : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Jomsom, Mustang, Nepal
Altitude:  9200 ft.
Date: 21 April 2013

Very nice images of male plant, showing strobilii.. thanks …

Nepali Names : सोमलता Somalataa  / कागचरो Kaagacharo

Ephedra gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 10 January 2017
Nepali Names : कागचरो Kaagacharo / पुर्पुर्य Purpurya / सोमलता Somalataa

Fwd: id? : 4 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1) – 2 MB.

May I request you to pl. let us know where & when was it clicked ?


SK 3014 04 October 2021: 6 very high res. images.
Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2327m.
Date: 17 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Ephedra intermedia Schrenk & C.A.Mey. ?? ??

Can be Ephedra gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf or Ephedra gerardiana var. sikkimensis Stapf also.

Unable to decipher the keys.
Pl. see GBIF specimens- onetwo, three.

Looks good !

Flora of Pakistan & Annonated checklist of the flowering plants of Nepal (Author citation different from The Plant List & GRIN)  

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