Boschniakia strobilacea A. Gray
Orobanchaceae (Broom-Rape Family)
USDA Symbol: BOST2
An unusual plant, resembling a slender, dark purplish-brown pinecone, standing erect on ground with cupped, spoon-like bracts widest near blunt tip.
This perennial parasite flowers each season and causes large knobs to form on the roots of manzanita shrubs (Arctostaphylos) and madrone trees (Arbutus). Small Groundcone (B. hookeri), which grows near the Pacific Coast from Canada to northern California, is half the size of California Groundcone, with pointed bracts widest at about the middle.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Southern Oregon south to southern California.
Native Habitat: In forests or brush associated with manzanita shrubs or madrone trees.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Boschniakia strobilacea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Boschniakia strobilacea in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff