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The Flora of Mount Shasta

California Ground-Cone

Broom-rape Family (Orobanchaceae) Boschniakia strobilacea
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Flower: The dark reddish brown to deep purple inflorescence resembles a pine cone sitting erect on the ground. The numerous flowers are each located in the axil of a bract. The bracts and flowers are both about 0.75" long and paler in color along the margins. Corolla is two-lipped, the upper lip is slightly hood-like and may be notched, the lower lip is lobed. Calyx cup-shaped with 0 - 5 lobes, corolla with 4 or 5 lobes.

California Ground-Cone © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

California Ground-Cone © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

Blooms: April- July

Leaves: No leaves, only bracts of the inflorescence

Height: 4 - 10 inches

Stem: Very short, underground, only the peduncle (stalk of inflorescence) extends above ground

Found: Open forests, shrublands

Tidbits:Root parasite on Manzanita and Madrone

 

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