PLANT PROFILE

Comandra umbellata
bastard toadflax



Comandra umbellata
Comandra umbellata
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Comandra umbellata L.
Common name: bastard toadflax
Synonomy: AnthemisarvensisL. var.agrestis(Wallr.) DC.
Group: dicot
Family: Santalaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4 - 16"
Foliage: Alternate leaves; no basal leaves; leaves narrowly oval or elliptic, 1-2"
Flower: flowers on terminal ellipsoid panicles
Flowering time: mid May to late June
Habitat: Hough states a root parasite of Vaccinium (blueberries) in sandy ground of fields, shaded wood edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Comandra umbellata
Misc. A hemi-parasite; i.e., it is parasitic but also produces chlorophyll.