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Rough Joint Fir
Photographed at Cave Creek Recreation Area, Maricopa Co., Arizona. Nov 23, 2008.
SHRUB: Essentially leafless shrub 1 m to rarely
2 m tall, with greenish twigs to conduct photosynthesis. Twig
segments are straight and appear jointed together. The ends of twigs are not
thorn like. Older branches' bark turns gray and fissured and the green twigs
change to yellow.
A mildly stimulating beverage can be made by seeping fresh growth in boiling hot water to make a tea. Ephedrin or analogs are present in the resulting tea.
Ephedraceae -- Ephedra Family
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