Comandra livida Richardson
Red comandra belongs to the Sandalwood Family, which has few
representatives in this country, most of its members being shrubs and
trees of the tropics. It is parasitic on the roots of other plants, and it
withers immediately when gathered. The light green flowers are
small and inconspicuous, but the fruits, when they mature in mid-
summer, are of a vivid striking red. Two other comandras with
greenish or yellowish fruits are widely distributed in the United
This species of comandra has a wide range, occurring from the
mountains of Vermont to Labrador, and across Canada to British
Columbia and even Alaska.
We gathered the plant near Glacier Lake on the headwaters of
the Saskatchewan River, fifty miles north of Lake Louise at an alti-
tude of 6,000 feet, where this sketch was made
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