Comandra umbellata
Family: Santalaceae
bastard-toadflax, false toadflax
Comandra umbellata image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Comandra: from Greek kome, "hair," and ander, "man," referring to the hairy attachment of the stamens
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb, usually simple or with a few branches
Leaves: alternate or scattered, 3/4"-2", lance-like to oval
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/4" wide; inflorescence of many flowers in a tight, terminal cluster; blooms May-July
Fruits: dry, single-seeded berry
Habitat: dry, moderate moisture, to wet; prairies, woods, shores
Conservation Status: Native