Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Plant of the Week: Nov 11

Bastard toadflax
Comandra umbellata (L.) 
Nutt. (includes 
C. richardsiana Fern.)
other common names: 
comandra, star toadflax
Comandra: from Greek, meaning “hair” and “man,” referring to the hairs of the calyx, which are attached to the anthers
Umbellata: like umbels, or umbrella-like flower heads
Sandalwood family: Santalaceae

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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