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Geocaulon lividum (False toadflax)
Weyand, Phyllis

Geocaulon lividum

Geocaulon lividum (Richardson) Fernald

False Toadflax, Northern Comandra

Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family)

Synonym(s): Comandra lividum

USDA Symbol: GELI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Drupe , Nut
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Pseudodrupe (drupe-like nut).

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Inconspicious, greenish-purple.


USA: AK , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NY , VT , WA , WI
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.2 - Preservation Blooms in Recreated Prairies, New Wildflower Center Prairie Welcome...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Geocaulon lividum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Geocaulon lividum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Geocaulon lividum


Record Modified: 2023-05-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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