E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Kopsiopsis hookeri
Vancouver 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, stout, up to 3 cm thick above, yellow to red or purple, 8-12 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves scaly-bracteate, alternate, the bracts entire, overlapping like the bracts on a conifer cone.
Inflorescence of numerous flowers in dense spikes, each flower subtended by a bract; corollas yellow to purple, 1-1.5 cm long with the lower lip shorter than the upper lip; calyces with 2-3 lobes; filaments with tufts of basal hairs.
Capsules, 1-1.5 cm long; seeds numerous, minute, honeycombed.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Parasitic on Gaultheria shallon in moist to mesic forests in the lowland zone; locally frequent on S Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, rare on the Queen Charlotte Islands and SW mainland; S to N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Boschniakia hookeri Walp.

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