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Boschniakia rossica (Cham. & Schltdl.) Fedtsch.
northern groundcone
Orobanchaceae (Broom-rape family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Parasitic herb from a coarse fleshy root and thickened stem base; stems single or clustered, short glandular-hairy, stout, up to 1.5 cm thick above, brownish, 10-14 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves scaly-bracteate, alternate, the upper bracts fringed, overlapping like the bracts on a conifer cone.
Inflorescence of numerous flowers in dense spikes, each flower subtended by a bract; corollas rusty-red, 0.8-1.3 cm long with the lower lip shorter than the upper lip, the lobes fringed with hairs; calyces with 2-3 lobes; filaments with tufts of basal hairs.
Capsules, 1-1.5 cm long; seeds numerous, minute.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Parasitic, mostly on Alnus (but also on Betula, Salix, Vaccinium, Picea and Chamaedaphne) in moist to mesic forests and thickets in the montane zone; locally common in extreme N BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and NT; Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Boschniakia rossica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 20 205 680
Slope Gradient (%) 0 5 17
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
260 303 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 4 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(1), CWH(4), SWB(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is alpine tundra & boreal.

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