Sea grape (Ephedra distachya)

Sea grape (Ephedra distachya)

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Caption: Sea grape (Ephedra distachya) growing amongst sand dunes on the Brittany coast in France. This plant is the source of ephedrine, a nerve stimulant similar to adrenaline. Preperations can be used to treat asthma, hay fever and rheumatism. It also has antispasmodic properties, and can be used to raise blood pressure.

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Keywords: botanical, botany, brittany, coast, ephedra distachya, ephedrine, flower, flowering, flowers, france, french, joint pine, nature, plant, sea grape, stems

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