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Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 1600 m. 02 01, 2008

 

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Species:  Ephedra gracilis Phil. ex Stapf
Family:  Ephedraceae Identification very doubtful, we must check it in the near future. Certainty 50 %.   
Order:  Gnetales
Chilean Name: 
English Name:  Sea Grape
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  0712
About 5 Ephedra in Chile and 3 in our data base.
About 5 Ephedraceae in Chile and 3 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   Edible plant   
1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
   Shrub     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 2 m.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Ephedra gracilis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 1600 m. 02 01, 2008

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Height: 2 m.

 

Image of Ephedra gracilis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra gracilis

Region Metropolitana, Embalse Yeso, Chile
Altitude: 1600 m. 02 01, 2008

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.

 

Image of Ephedra gracilis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra gracilis

IV Region, Camino Chungungo, Chile
Altitude: 46 m. 09 16, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Ephedra gracilis (). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Ephedra gracilis

IV Region, Camino Chungungo, Chile
Altitude: 46 m. 09 16, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (4) of Ephedra gracilis Phil. ex Stapf available here

More species from the same Ephedraceae family in our data base:

Ephedra breana

Ephedra chilensis (Pingo-pingo / Transmontana / Solupe)

Ephedra gracilis

 

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