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Flowering Ephedra gerardiana


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#1 Cooper Trouper

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 04:07 AM

Hi all it's mid summer here in Australia and is ephedra's favourite season, This year for the first time my flowering ephedra went to seed. I have never seen ephedra seed pods before and thought id share with all of you. The seed pods formed from small red flowering sites and are a red berry like structure. I have harvested one seed so far which looks viable, the pod i harvested it from was beginning to wilt which i thought meant it was time to harvest. I don't know too much about ephedra's life cycle but these are 8-10 years old now and this is my first year that flowers resulted in pods. I didn't get pictures of the flowers but here are the pods and the seed harvested so far. I hope you enjoy :)

 

PS: This plant is a great chew when sick, i had a chest infection last year and chewing a 20cm branch was enough to make breathing easier for a few hours.

 

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#2 Coopdog

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 01:25 PM

WOW I have tried unsuccessfully to get Ephedra growing three times. One of these days, I know it probably can't winter over outdoors here but my intent was to bring it in with my cacti in the fall. 


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