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Bruso, George H.
Comandra umbellata (L.) Nutt.
USDA Symbol: COUM
A parasitic plant with compact terminal clusters of small, greenish-white, funnel-like flowers.
Although a photosynthetic plant that manufactures its own food, it is also a parasite, obtaining some of its nutrients from the roots of trees and shrubs. Although usually found in dry fields, it is also seen in bogs that dry out periodically. The generic name derives from the Greek come (hair) and andros (a male) and refers to the hairy attachment of the anthers to the sepals. Northern Comandra (Geocaulon lividum), a related plant common in Canada, may be seen on some of the New England mountains. It is smaller and has purple flowers.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Maine south to Georgia; west to Alabama; north to Michigan. Native Habitat:
Dry fields, thickets.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Dry
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Common Buckeye
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2010-05-07
Research By: TWC Staff