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Orobanche tuberosa - Hook.
                 
Common Name Ground Cone
Family Orobanchaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Parasitic on Gaultheria shallon, on or near the coast[60].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to N. California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Orobanche tuberosa Ground Cone


Orobanche tuberosa Ground Cone
   
Physical Characteristics
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Orobanche tuberosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 5in). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Boschniakia hookeri. Walp.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root[46, 61, 105, 161]. The potato-like stem bases were occasionally peeled and eaten raw as a snack by some North American Indian tribes[256, 257].
Medicinal Uses


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Miscellany.

The roots have been used in the treatment of coughs[257].
Other Uses
Miscellany.

None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. It requires a well-drained soil and should succeed in sun or shade. A fully parasitic plant lacking in chlorophyll, it is entirely dependant upon its host plant for obtaining nutrient[200]. According to [60], the correct name for this species is Boschniakia hookeri.
Propagation
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in a pot containing a host plant. The seed is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. It might also be possible to sow the seed in situ around a host plant.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Author
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Botanical References
60
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Elizabeth H.
Sam Mon Dec 14 2009
Host plants are manzanitas and madrones. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5502,5503,5505
Elizabeth H.
Sam Mon Dec 14 2009
Oops, sorry, that's the other species of ground cone. This one parasitizes salal. Maybe if you were growing it in a garden, it could do with another Gaultheria species that doesn't grow in the same place in the wild. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?5502,5503,5504
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