Mormon tea


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Related to Mormon tea: Ephedra viridis

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.

e·phed·ra

(e-fed'ră)
(Ephedra sinica and other spp.) An herbal supplement now banned in the United States, where it was used as a weight-loss supplement. Severe toxicities and adverse effects reported (e.g., stroke, cardiac arrest, seizure, psychotic attacks); over 800 reports of related illness; the compounds also included substances banned for use by athletes.
Synonym(s): ma-huang, Mormon tea, popotillo.
[L., horsetail, fr. G. ephedros, sitting on]
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On weekends, the ocher sands are awash in dune buggies, so head for the quieter 5-acre dune preserve that protects fragile milkweed and Mormon tea; a boardwalk here offers a self-guided tour.
Mormon Tea (Ephedra viridis): The small twigs and branches of this south-western desert plant act as a decongestant and help shrink swollen mucous membranes.
* A botanist found evidence that a distant ancestor of a desert shrub known as "Mormon tea" was the first to develop endosperm, a nourishing seed structure that allowed the evolution of flowering plants (141: 38).