Comandra umbellata ssp umbellata
Family - Santalaceae
Stems - To +30cm tall, simple to branching, erect, glabrous, herbaceous, from underground rhizomes.
Leaves - Alternate, sessile or on very short petiole to -1mm, entire, glabrous or glaucous, oblong-elliptic to narrowly obovate, to -1cm broad, +3cm long.
Inflorescence - Loose, paniculate, terminal clusters of 4-6 flowered cymules. Pedicels 1-4mm long, glabrous.
Flowers - Apetalous. Calyx tube green, to 3mm long, campanulate, glabrous, with 4-5 lobes. Lobes to 2mm long, white, glabrous externally, sparse pubescent internally. Stamens 5, opposite the calyx lobes. Filaments to -1mm long, glabrous. Anthers yellow. Style glabrous, 2.5mm long.
Flowering - April - July.
Habitat - Open woods, slopes, glades, ridges, prairies, bluffs.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This little plant is parasitic on neighboring plants by means of its rhizomes. The rhizomes are tan, thin, and fairly long.
Photographs taken at Whetstone Conservation Area, Callaway County, MO., 4-26-04.