Comandra umbellata – Bastard Toadflax

Comandra umbellata - Bastard Toadflax

Comandra umbellata - Bastard Toadflax

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Comandra umbellata

Synonym: Comandra pallida

Common Name: Bastard Toadflax

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb, Hemiparasite

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Upland, Mountain

Flower Color: White

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer

Height: To 16 inches (41 cm) tall

Description: The small, star-shaped flowers are in clusters at the stem tips. The individual flowers have 5, ovate to oblong, point-tipped lobes and a greenish center. The leaves are green, fleshy, alternate, lanceolate, and generally sessile. The plants form mats on the ground near other plants. Bastard Toadflax is a hemiparasite of nearby plants.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Santalales
Family: Santalaceae – Sandalwood family
Genus: Comandra Nutt. – bastard toadflax
Species: Comandra umbellata (L.) Nutt. – bastard toadflax

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map