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Ephedra altissima

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Template:Taxobox Ephedra altissima is a species of Ephedra that is native to the western Sahara (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Chad, Mauritania), and also to the Canary Islands.<ref name=thedabara>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref><ref>Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 2: 360-550. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice. </ref><ref>Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2011). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 3: 1-449. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.</ref>

The species is cultivated as an ornamental plant.

Taxonomy

It was originally described by René Louiche Desfontaines in 1799 and placed in section Pseudobaccatae (=sect. Ephedra), "tribe" Scandentes.

In 1996 Robert A. Price classified E. altissima in section Ephedra without recognizing a tribe.<ref name="Price 1996">Price, R. A. (1996). Systematics of the Gnetales: A review of morphological and molecular evidence. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 157(6): S40-S49.</ref>

Varieties
  1. Ephedra altissima var. altissima - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Canary Islands
  2. Ephedra altissima var. tibestica Maire - Tibesti Mountains of northern Chad

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