Mormon tea

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Mormon tea

n.
1. Any of various ephedras of the western United States, traditionally used in making tea and for medicinal purposes, and containing little or no ephedrine.
2. Tea made from the stems of any of these plants.

[From its use by early Mormon settlers in the western United States.]
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Dispersal syndromes in North American Ephedra. The International Journal of Plant Sciences 170: 323-330.
Evolution of seed dispersal in North American Ephedra. Evol.
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