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Comandra richardsiana - Fernald.

Common Name Bastard Toad Flax
Family Santalaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Calcareous, gravelly, sandy or marly soils[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Quebec and south to Kansas.
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Moist Soil Full sun
Comandra richardsiana Bastard Toad Flax


Comandra richardsiana Bastard Toad Flax

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Comandra richardsiana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from May to June. 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 soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[105]. Sweet and oily[177], it is delicious but only a few are produced[105]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[235].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

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 many parts of this country. It is quite possibly no more than a form of C. umbellata[235]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a well-drained moisture retentive lime-free soil[200]. A parasitic plant obtaining at least some of its nutrients from the roots of other plants[200, 235], we do not know the host species[K].

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Propagation

Seed - stratify for 3 months at 5°c and then sow in the greenhouse in a pot with a suitable host. Plant out when it is well established close to a mature host plant[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Comandra pallidaPale Bastard ToadflaxPerennial0.4 -  LMHNM112
Comandra umbellataBastard Toad Flax, California bastard toadflax, Pale bastard toadflaxPerennial0.3 0-0  LMHNDM11 

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.

 

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Botanical References

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