Cuscuta europaea (weed)

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Cuscuta europaea (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Johann Georg Sturm (Painter: Jacob Sturm)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cuscuta europaea (weed) L. - (European dodder)

This parasitic plant is native to Europe and Asia and has been introduced into several other regions like North America and New Zealand. Various plant species from several families have been reported as hosts, including ornamental plants and crops such as lucerne, hop or potatoes. The stems are greenish to reddish. The flowers are white to reddish.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Europäische Seide
• English: European dodder
• Français: cuscute d'Europe





Publications covering Cuscuta europaea (weed)

Ecology and Evolution (2018) 8, 4378-4386
Guangfu Zhang, Qian Li and Shucun Sun (2018)
Diversity and distribution of parasitic angiosperms in China

Plant Protection Science (1997) 33, 265-279
Zdenka Martinková, Alois Honek and Jindra Stolcová (1997)
The incidence of primary seed dormancy in weed species of the Czech Republic