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(family Ephedraceae)

A genus of shrubs which have scale-like leaves and whip-like, slender green stems. They are gymnosperms, related to Gnetum, and their ovule is naked within the perianth, which becomes woody around the seed. There are 40 species, found in the warm temperate regions of each hemisphere.

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