C. A. Meyer ex Bongard

Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, Sér. 6, Sci. Math. 2: 159. 1832.

Common names: Ground-cone
Etymology: For Alexander Karlovich Boschniak, 1786–1831, Russian botanist
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 460. Mentioned on page 457, 463, 465.

Herbs, monocarpic perennial; achlorophyllous, holoparasitic, with rhizomelike vegetative structure, surfaces tessellate or with irregular scaly plates, roots absent. Stems erect, fleshy, glabrous. Leaves cauline, spiral, proximally imbricate, less so distally; petiole absent; blade stiffly chartaceous, margins entire. Inflorescences terminal, dense spikes; bracts present. Pedicels absent; bracteoles absent. Flowers: sepals 4 or 5, calyx bilaterally symmetric, cup-shaped, lobes triangular-acuminate; petals 5, corolla dark red or dark purple, strongly bilabiate, cucullate, short-tubular, palatal folds absent, abaxial lobes 0 or 3, adaxial 2, adaxial lip entire or with shallow notch; stamens 4, didynamous, included, filaments glabrous; staminode 0; ovary 1-locular, placentation parietal; stigma 2–4-lobed, broadly clavate-crateriform or nearly capitate. Capsules: dehiscence loculicidal. Seeds 2000–2500, light tan or brown, irregularly columnar or oblong-ellipsoid, wings absent.


nw North America, Asia (Bhutan, China, Nepal, Russian Far East).


Species 2 (1 in the flora).

Boschniakia has not been well studied using modern systematic techniques. The overall relationship of the genera of holoparasites in Orobanchaceae is currently under review.

Boschniakia himalaica Hooker f. & Thomson is distributed in southern China and the Himalayan countries of Asia. It is parasitic on species of Rhododendron.

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C. A. Meyer ex Bongard +
Ground-cone +
nw North America +, Asia (Bhutan +, China +, Nepal +  and Russian Far East). +
For Alexander Karlovich Boschniak, 1786–1831, Russian botanist +
Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, Sér. +
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