|Morman Tea (also called Joint-Fir) is a
member of the Ephedra family. It appears as a shrub from 2 to 5
feet in height with green, jointed, leafless stems. The plant is
actually a primitive conifer & bears papery cones after flowering. The
plant grows in desert and grassland areas below 4500 feet in elevation.
In February or March it produces tiny pale yellow flowers which grow in
dense conelike clusters.
Mormon settlers made a bitter tea
from the dried stems of this plant.
Q: Why would anyone want to drink a bad tasting tea?
A: Because the stems contain caffeine and ephedrine.