Feb. 15, 2017

bastard toadflax, Comandra umbellata

One way to compete in nutrient poor habitats is to mooch off your neighbors. This plant is partly parasitic. Its roots fasten to those of a wide variety of other plants. This one was growing in a fen and was probably connected to neighboring sedges. The flowers are about 1/4 inch across. This is the eastern variety, ssp. umbellata. It grows mostly in drier, non neutral Ph sites in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI 5/8/12