Cuscuta epithymum (weed)

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Cuscuta epithymum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Bernd Haynold
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cuscuta epithymum (weed) (L.) L. - (clover dodder, alfalfa dodder)

This parasitic plant is native to Europe and surrounding regions, but introduced in regions like North America and Australia. The host range includes clover, alfalfa, Calluna vulgaris and Ulex europaeus. The stems are reddish and the flowers pinkish with a diameter of 2½-3 mm. The tiny seeds are about 1 mm large.


Publications covering Cuscuta epithymum (weed)

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