Ma Huang

Ephedra sinica
Scale 6 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: The drugs ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are found in the Ma Huang plant.

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Graphic by Julia K.
Ephedra sinica (also known as Chinese ephedra or Ma Huang) is a plant species native to Mongolia,Russia (Buryatiya, Chita, Primorye), and northeastern China (Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning,Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi).[1][2] Ephedra is a medicinal preparation from the plant Ephedra sinica.[1] Known in Chinese as ma huang (麻黃; pinyin: má huáng, which literally translates into English […] read more


Welwitschia mirabilis
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1


Fact: The age of individual plants is difficult to assess, but they are very long-lived, living 1000 years or more.

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Welwitschia is a monotypic gymnosperm genus, comprising solely the very distinct Welwitschia mirabilis. The plant is commonly known simply as Welwitschia, and has various common names in local languages, for example kharos or khurub in Nama, tweeblaarkanniedood in Afrikaans, nyanka inDamara, and onyanga in Herero. It is the only genus of the family Welwitschiaceae and […] read more


Gnetales order
Scale 9 Diat: carbon-macromolecules , Hierachy 1
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Gnetales are an evolutionary step between cone-bearing conifers and modern flowering plants, displaying BOTH cones and flowers.

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Gnetum is a genus of gymnosperms, the sole genus in the family Gnetaceae and order Gnetales. They are tropical evergreen trees, shrubs and lianas. Unlike other gymnosperms they possess vessel elementsin the xylem. Some species have been proposed to have been the first plants to be insect pollinated as their fossils occur in association with […] read more