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
© 2008 Steve Matson
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Comandra umbellata ssp. californica
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Comandra umbellata ssp. californica
© 2010 Barry Breckling
Comandra umbellata ssp. californica, a dicot, is a perennial herb (parasitic) that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Comandra umbellata ssp. californica
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Genus: Comandra
Parent: Comandra umbellata
Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest

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

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Comandra californica
PLANTS: Comandra umbellata var. californica
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More information about  Comandra umbellata ssp. californica
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 20, 2019).