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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Ian Gardiner     (Photo ID #24320)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Boschniakia rossica
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
205 20 680
Slope Gradient (%)
5 0 17

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

303 260 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia