A small, low plant, the comandra blossoms now in April on the dry soil of a hogback ridge. It is an inconspicuous plant, not especially beautiful with its greenish-white flowers, but neat and well arranged with alternately oval, grey-green leaves. The comandra, however, is part of its environment, one of the plants which will grow in the dry clay of the hogback ridge, a- well as in sandy places and sometimes out on the level prairie.
Comandra umbellata ( L. ) Nutt.
April. Woods, prairies.
It, is a member of the Sandalwood family which is largely tropical except for three genera, the southern not ronia. the mountain pyrularia or buffalo nut. and the comandra. low and small and insignificant in the springtime.
Comandra is firmly lived in its environment. It cannot be transplanted because its roots are parasitic on the roots of trees and shrubs where it grows and there it stays. It stays just as firmly attached to its host as the larger plant, the sandalwood tree itself, Ear away in Polynesian forests, is attached to its host plant.
Thus, remotely hut vividly, the plants of the world hind the world together in a mysterious network of associations and connections which only superficially are understood. The comandra on an Illinois hill, the Sandalwood in Malaya, in Hawaii, in Polynesia, in Australia, both of them members of the same strange family.