The species name is Ephedra californica, however it commonly known as California jointfur. The name seems appropriate, given the prominent joints visible along the plant’s stem.
The plant is a perennial gymnosperm, found mostly in deserts. As it’s a gymnosperm, it doesn’t flower, instead producing pollen and seed cones. This limits their pollentation, which is wind-driven, to only those years where there is extensive rainfall. For more information, including an examination of the evolution of the plant, see the link below.
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