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Orobanche tuberosa - Hook.

Common Name Ground Cone
Family Orobanchaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Parasitic on Gaultheria shallon, on or near the coast[60].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to N. California.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Orobanche tuberosa Ground Cone


Orobanche tuberosa Ground Cone

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Orobanche tuberosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 5in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Boschniakia hookeri. Walp.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root[46, 61, 105, 161]. The potato-like stem bases were occasionally peeled and eaten raw as a snack by some North American Indian tribes[256, 257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany

The roots have been used in the treatment of coughs[257].

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Other Uses

Miscellany

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. It requires a well-drained soil and should succeed in sun or shade. A fully parasitic plant lacking in chlorophyll, it is entirely dependant upon its host plant for obtaining nutrient[200]. According to [60], the correct name for this species is Boschniakia hookeri.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in a pot containing a host plant. The seed is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. It might also be possible to sow the seed in situ around a host plant.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

Expert comment

Author

Hook.

Botanical References

60

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Readers comment

Sam   Mon Dec 14 2009

Host plants are manzanitas and madrones. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5502,5503,5505

Sam   Mon Dec 14 2009

Oops, sorry, that's the other species of ground cone. This one parasitizes salal. Maybe if you were growing it in a garden, it could do with another Gaultheria species that doesn't grow in the same place in the wild. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5502,5503,5504

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