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Willow Dells Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Comandra umbellata - bastard toadflax

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Santalaceae

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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Can manufacture its own food, but it is also parasitic, obtaining nutrients from the roots of trees and shrubs. It is the alternate host to a fungal rust that attacks ponderosa pine and lodgepole trees.
Identification notes: Erect perennial, rhizomatous; roots sometimes attaching to other plants; stems marked with lines, branching freely at base; leaves alternate, narrowly linear-lanceolate to ovate; flowers compact terminal clusters, white to pink.
Height: To 1 foot


Habitat Description: Found on slopes, often rocky.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4000 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to pink     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - Aug
Description: The small, tubular flowers consist of 5 white to pink sepals in a star shape. The flowers are massed in an umbrella like cluster, thus the name umbellata.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The lanced-shaped green leaves are short, fleshy, somewhat thick, resembling leaves of a succulent.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Blue to brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Round to oval shaped with the remaining sepals on the tips.

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