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False toadflax

Comandra umbellata


A semi-parasitic plant. Like mistletoe, it obtains some food from photosynthesis, and some from a plant host. Comandra parasitizes the roots of a variety of herbaceous and woody plants. The plant spreads by rhizomes and tends to be found in patches or colonies.


Also known as bastard toadflax, or just comandra. C. umbellata is the only species of the genus.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2009
Submitted on Feb 25, 2013

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