Cuscuta epilinum (weed)

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Cuscuta epilinum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Wohlert Wohlers
Source: Open Media

Cuscuta epilinum (weed) Weihe - (flax dodder)

This parasitic weed is believed to be native to western Asia and has been introduced into other regions like Europe and North America. The main host is cultivated flax (Linum usitatissimum) and infestations reduce the quality and yield of the crop. With the end of flax cultivation in Europe, it has become rare there. The stems of C. epilinum are yellowish green, the tiny flowers are white and have a diameter of around 3 mm.

Publications covering Cuscuta epilinum (weed)

Journal of Plant Protection Research (2010) 50, 372-378
Ibrahim E. Soliman and Amany M. Hamza (2010)
Evaluation of some herbicides against flax dodder (Cuscuta epilinum Weihe) in fibre flax (Linum ustatissimum L.) cultivation

Canadian Journal of Plant Science (2006) 86, 293-316
Mihai Costea and François J. Tardif (2006)
The biology of Canadian weeds. 133. Cuscuta campestris Yuncker, C. gronovii Willd. ex Schult., C. umbrosa Beyr. ex Hook., C. epithymum (L.) L. and C. epilinum Weihe