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Bruso, George H.
Comandra umbellata (L.) Nutt.
USDA Symbol: coum
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Maine south to Georgia; west to Alabama; north to Michigan. Native Habitat:
Dry fields, thickets. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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:
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Record Modified: 2010-05-07
Research By: TWC Staff