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Longleaf ephedra

Today I heard the first Lucy’s Warbler of the spring, then spotted it, beady black eye, brown cap which raises up in a crest when it sings its simple repeated upnote, clothed in grey.

The plant is in the jointfir family, also known as Mormon tea, popotilla, teposote, and canatilla. According to the Epple field guide, Mormon settlers made a tea out of it, and Native Americans used it as a medicine. It is a shurb with long, jointed stems, the leaves are just scales.

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About Bill McCallum

I was born in Australia and came to the United States to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics at Harvard University, met my wife, and never went back. I am a professor at the University of Arizona, working in number theory and mathematics education.

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