Ephedra foliata Boiss. ex C.A.Mey., Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, Sér. 6, Sci. Math., Seconde Pt. Sci. Nat. VI, 6: 107 1846. (Syn: Ephedra aitchisonii (Stapf) V.A.Nikitin; Ephedra alte Brandis; Ephedra asparagoides Griff.; Ephedra ciliata Fisch. & C.A.Mey.; Ephedra ciliata Aitch. [Illegitimate]; Ephedra ciliata var. polylepis (Boiss. & Hausskn.) Riedl; Ephedra foliata var. aitchisonii Stapf; Ephedra foliata var. ciliata (Fisch. & C.A.Mey.) Stapf; Ephedra foliata var. polylepis (Boiss. & Hausskn.) Stapf; Ephedra kokanica Regel; Ephedra peduncularis Boiss.; Ephedra polylepis Boiss. & Hausskn.; Ephedra rollandii Maire);
Ephedra foliata, with the common name shrubby horsetail, is a species of Ephedra. The plant is native to Western Asia, the Middle East, and Central Asia, from Egypt to Iran and India.
Distributed in northwest and eastern Africa and widespread across the Arabian Peninsula, extending east to India (Saharo-Sindian/Irano-Turanian distribution; Freitag and Maier-Stolte 2003). Occurs from sea level up to 1,700 m.
Native: Afghanistan; Algeria; Bahrain; Chad; Djibouti; Egypt (Egypt (African part), Sinai); Ethiopia; India (Punjab); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Mauritania; Morocco; Oman; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; Western Sahara; Yemen (North Yemen, South Yemen)
A shrub, climbing/scrambling, occurring on rocky slopes and wadi-sides. Noted as a typical component of different types of thorn savanna in semi-arid and arid climates (Freitag and Maier-Stolte 2003).
Flowers from February to May.
Used medicinally and fruit is eaten as a dessert or as famine food, although these are not considered to be major threats.
(From IUCN Red List (LC) on 26.12.13)
GYMNOSPERMS FORTNIGHT :: Ephedra foliata for validation from KUK-NS 09 : Attachments (5 + 3). 8 posts by 4 authors.
This Ephedra sp. is planted at Department of Botany, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra..
will share pics of male strobili once they appear..
Here are the female strobili, wanted to know the id..
Can this be Ephedra foliata ?
I think yes
Now known as E. ciliata
Got some pics showing habit of this plant from my college in Panipat.. wanted to share..
Thanks, …, Flora of Pakistan (In stated link) gives Ephedra foltata Boiss (& not Ephedra foliata Boiss., which is an accepted name).
For more details of species found in India, pl. see efi page Ephedra
Yes, this is Ephedra foliata (Syn. E. ciliata)
Fwd: ID of Mistletoe plant on Acacia modesta..Pakistan (January 2020) : 22 posts by 6 authors. 14 images– around 1 mb each.
Please find attached some photographs of a mistletoe plant found on the Acacia modesta in a scrub forest area of Punjab, Pakistan. I didnt find flower/fruit at this stage but can check in later season. i have checked with the Loranthaceae family in flora of Pakistan but it looks somehow different.
Please share your views regarding its correct identification.
He has properly identified it mistletoe plant.
I could not find a match as per comparative images at
Isn’t it a species of Viscum? Santalaceae
This might be Viscum sp., of Viscaceae
Thank you for your responses. But i checked with Viscum species reported from Pakistan and it is different from them. Viscum in Flora of Pakistan @ efloras.org
Can some one please suggest its species also?
Viscum articulatum Burm.f. ??
How about Viscum articulatum?
I have also suggested accordingly …!
Viscum articulatum looks like this in very dry conditions.
Thanks, …. I tried looking for detailed images on net. I am not sure.
But it seems like Ephedra
Thanks, … Ephedra look a bit different as per comparative images herein.
It is for sure Ephedra sp.
Ephedra foliata Boiss. ex C.A.Mey.!
It is Ephedra foliata
I have already given the ID to the Indian Flora group.