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Ephedra gerardiana - male or female

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My Ephedra is putting out some flower buds, have I got a male or female here. Looking at pictures I think its male but im not confident. 

Cheers :)

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When the flowers have developed look for anthers or else styles

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a quick search, "ephedra male flower female" than clicked images, confirmed my thoughts, it's a male.

 

edit:

congratulations that you got flowers! I don't grow gerardiana because, my location doesn't suit them (they hate extreme long heat) because they originate from high mountains. anyway your post almost confirms one of my suspiscions, EPHEDRAS NEED SHORT PHOTO PERIODES TO FLOWER.

none of my ephedras ever flowered, and I guess that's because of almost same day lengh over the year in the (semi) tropics.

 

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Thanks wc

Yeah we get pretty short days down here in Tasmania :)

 

Is the pollen of any use to anyone who has a female and no male? Will it store? Ill bag it up if anyone thinks they can use it

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18 hours ago, Dicko said:

Thanks wc

Yeah we get pretty short days down here in Tasmania :)

 

Is the pollen of any use to anyone who has a female and no male? Will it store? Ill bag it up if anyone thinks they can use it

I was pondering regarding this as well, after posting here.

I remember, other members here reporting, there ephedras produced flowers.

 

dicko, because you inspired me to say as followes, I give you the first run, if you don't do it, I will start a thread regarding this. THE EPHEDRA CROSS POLLINATION TRIAL TOPIC. maybe the big ephedra thread has covered this topic, but I don't know as I was abscent and haven't read much of it.

 

maybe it's possible to x breed them, with amazing results. I AM EXCITED!! :)

 

most pollen stays viable for a few years if frozen.

 

EDIT: dicko and readers!

this thread reminds me of something, that happened to me and changed my views regarding amateur sience. I once took a pic of a fossil, and uploaded it to a site.

I thought the fossil was crap, and the whole day looking for dino bones (which I didn't find that day) was wasted. but guess what, it lead to a break thru for the professional sienticts!! (this time around I give a shit about my dyslexia, I want search all those words like I used to) :)

 

 

 

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