Shrubby Horsetail, Alanda


Name: Shrubby Horsetail, Alanda

Scientific name: Ephedra foliata

Type: Climber

Color: Green

Habitat: Depressions Areas

Size: 200 cm

Conservation status:



Family: Ephedraceae. Growth form: Climber. Flowering. Apr–May. Status: Native. Local. Also recorded: Bahrain, E Saudi Arabia, UAE. Habitat & distribution: Occasional in sandy depressions, with Ziziphus or Acacia, N and C Qatar. Uses: Batanouny mentions that protruding branches are usually ‘trimmed’ by camels. 'Certain plants of this genus yield ephedrine, used in the treatment of colds, asthma and hay fever’ (Cornes & Cornes). ‘The crushed boiled plant is used for tanning’ (El Amin).