Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2836

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA, rare in SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry forests & woodlands, woodland borders, usually in acidic soils and most common in oak/heath forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
5 petaloid sepals
Petals absent
5 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Santalales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Comandra umbellata var. umbellata   FAMILY Santalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata   FAMILY Santalaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 060-01-001:
Comandra umbellata   FAMILY Santalaceae

GREATER THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Comandra umbellata

GREATER THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Comandra richardsiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Bastard Toadflax


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image of Comandra umbellata var. umbellata

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_comandra_umbellata3

May    Moore County    NC

Plant parasitic, but contains chlorophyll. Leaves elliptic, to 1.25" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Comandra umbellata var. umbellata

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_comandra_umbellata3b

May    Moore County    NC

Perianth consists of a cuplike calyx w 5 spreading white lobes (no petals), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.