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Comandra umbellata - (L.)Nutt.

Common Name Bastard Toad Flax, California bastard toadflax, Pale bastard toadflax
Family Santalaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry to moist sandy well-drained soils, especially those that are acid, from sea level to the sub-alpine zone[43, 60].
Range Eastern N. America - Michigan to Alabama.
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Weed Potential No
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Comandra umbellata Bastard Toad Flax, California bastard toadflax, Pale bastard toadflax


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Comandra umbellata Bastard Toad Flax, California bastard toadflax, Pale bastard toadflax
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Comandra umbellata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from April 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: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Nectar
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[60, 105]. A sweet flavour[61]. The flowers are sucked by children for their sweet nectar[257].

Medicinal Uses

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Pectoral  Salve

An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat lung pains and laboured breathing caused by a cold or other illness[257]. The juice of the plant has been applied externally to treat cuts and sores[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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. 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]. It is said to parasitize over 200 different species of plants in the wild[274].

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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

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Comandra pallidaPale Bastard ToadflaxPerennial0.4 -  LMHNM11 
Comandra richardsianaBastard Toad FlaxPerennial0.3 -  LMHNM10 

 

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