Taxon  Report   2309    
Comandra umbellata  (L.) Nutt.  ssp. californica  (Eastw. ex Rydb.) Piehl
Bastard toad flax,   Bastard toadflax,   California bastard toadflax
Comandra umbellata ssp. californica, a dicot, is a perennial herb (parasitic) that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial

Bloom Period
Family: Comandraceae  
Genus: Comandra
Parent: Comandra umbellata

Arid West: Occurs in non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSComandra californica
j01Comandra pallida
PLANTSComandra umbellata var. californica
j01Comandra umbellata var. pallida
More information about  Comandra umbellata ssp. californica

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2021. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: 10/22/2021).