Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 14470 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Ephedra viridis Coville
Infraspecific    var. viridis 
R. Van Buren   1148  
   with J. Cooper
Coll. Date 04 May 2006 
United States
Washington County
Locality Red Hollow vicinity, in a canyon on the SW base of Square Top Mountain, ca. 5 air miles E of Beaver Dam Wash;
     Elev.: 4560 ft. (1390 m.)
Habitat Notes in a wash in sandy soils; with Abronia & Eriodictyon; 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 37° 19'  28.72" N, 113° 54'  53.51" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.
Voucher Voucher for "Woody Plants of Utah" by R. Van Buren, K.T. Harper, J. Cooper 
Specimen Notes Journal Code: L3S3. 


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Ephedra viridis var. viridis Coville

Common Name(s): mormon tea.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=527889, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Gnetophyta
                    Class: Gnetopsida
                        Order: Ephedrales
                            Family: Ephedraceae
                                Genus: Ephedra
                                    Species: Ephedra viridis
                                        Variety: Ephedra viridis var. viridis


Images of other samples of the same species:
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Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
08681 Achnatherum speciosum      "desert needlegrass" 1.7 mi. S
14471 Arctostaphylos pungens      "pointleaf manzanita" same section
14466 Arctostaphylos pungens      "pointleaf manzanita" 1058 ft. W
08672 Calyptridium monandrum     1.7 mi. S
13223 Cirsium neomexicanum      "New Mexico thistle" 1605 ft. W
13222 Cirsium neomexicanum      "New Mexico thistle" 1605 ft. W
08399 Cirsium neomexicanum      "New Mexico thistle" 1605 ft. W
08404 Cryptantha decipiens      "gravel forget-me-not" 1605 ft. W
08393 Cryptantha gracilis      "narrow-stemmed forget-me-not" 1605 ft. W
08405 Cryptantha micrantha      "purple-rooted forget-me-not" 1605 ft. W
08679 Eriastrum sparsiflorum      "Great Basin woollystar" 1.7 mi. S
14468 Ericameria nauseosa  var. graveolens  same section
08402 Eriogonum davidsonii      "Davidson's wild buckwheat" 1605 ft. W
08674 Eriogonum fasciculatum  var. polifolium   "Eastern Mojave wild buckwheat" 1.7 mi. S
08677 Eriophyllum lanosum      "white easterbonnets" 1.7 mi. S
08675 Helianthus annuus  subsp. lenticularis   "common sunflower" 1.7 mi. S
08400 Hymenopappus filifolius  var. cinereus   "common woollywhite" 1605 ft. W
08403 Layia glandulosa      "white-daisy tidytips" 1605 ft. W
08397 Lomatium parryi      "Parry's desert parsley" 1605 ft. W
08394 Lotus plebeius      "New Mexico bird's-foot trefoil" 1605 ft. W
08395 Lotus rigidus      "shrubby deervetch" 1605 ft. W
08680 Lupinus pusillus  var. intermontanus  1.7 mi. S
14467 Nolina microcarpa      "sacahuista" 1106 ft. SW
08671 Oenothera albicaulis      "prairie evening primrose" 1.7 mi. S
08406 Opuntia acanthocarpa     1605 ft. W
14469 Penstemon ambiguus      "shrubby sand beardtongue" same section
08401 Phacelia cryptantha      "hidden-flower scorpionweed" 1605 ft. W
08682 Phacelia rotundifolia      "round-leaf scorpionweed" 1.7 mi. S
08398 Poa bigelovii      "Bigelow's bluegrass" 1605 ft. W
14472 Purshia tridentata      "antelope bitterbrush" same section
08673 Salvia columbariae      "chia" 1.7 mi. S
08676 Salvia columbariae      "chia" 1.7 mi. S
08678 Sphaeralcea rusbyi  var. rusbyi   "Rusby's globemallow" 1.7 mi. S
08396 Yucca utahensis      "Utah narrow-leaf yucca" 1605 ft. W


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Red Hollow Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 1.9 mi. SW 4062  Motoqua 
Square Top Mountain (Summit) Washington County, UT 2.1 mi. NE 6989  Motoqua 
Red Hollow Reservoir (Reservoir) Washington County, UT 2.6 mi. SW 3957  Motoqua 
Nordin Ranch (Locale) Washington County, UT 2.6 mi. W 3822  Motoqua 
Butcher Knife Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 3.1 mi. N   Goldstrike 
Black Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 3.6 mi. N   Goldstrike 
Jackson Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 3.6 mi. S 3963  Motoqua 
Cole Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 3.6 mi. SE 4196  Gunlock 
Jackson Reservoir (Reservoir) Washington County, UT 4 mi. SE 3963  Motoqua 
Jackson Peak (Summit) Washington County, UT 3.6 mi. NE 6651  Gunlock 
Bull Run Mine (Mine) Washington County, UT 4.4 mi. N 4685  Goldstrike 
Quail Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 4.3 mi. NE   Maple Ridge 
Pegleg Gulch (Valley) Washington County, UT 4.5 mi. N   Motoqua 
Arsenic Gulch (Valley) Washington County, UT 4.5 mi. N   Gunlock 
Hamburg Peak (Summit) Washington County, UT 4.4 mi. N 5325  Goldstrike 
Longley Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 4.6 mi. N   Goldstrike 
Goldstrike (Locale) Washington County, UT 4.7 mi. N 4603  Goldstrike 
Potters Peak (Summit) Washington County, UT 4.3 mi. NW 4800  Motoqua 
Mormon Range (Range) Washington County, UT 3.9 mi. W 3694  Motoqua 
Cane Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 4.1 mi. NW 4088  Motoqua 


Taxon Links for species Ephedra viridis  Coville

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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