Cuscuta gronovii (weed)

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Cuscuta gronovii (weed) Willd. ex Schult. - (swamp dodder)

This parasitic plants is believed to be native to North America and has been introduced into Europe. A variety of plants have been reported as hosts, including crops like blueberry or carrots. Some studies have been done on host plant resistance (e.g. see Konieczka et al., 2009).

C. gronovii prefers a moist environment. The stems are orange-yellow to reddish, the flowers are white. The species is named for the Dutch botanist Jan Frederik Gronovius, who first mentioned it.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Weiden-Seide
• English: swamp dodder
• Français: cuscute de Gronovius