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Cuscuta pacifica Engelm. var. pacifica
salt marsh dodder
Convolvulaceae (Dodder family)
(Previously in Cuscutaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Cuscuta pacifica var. pacifica
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Species Information

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Parasitic, leafless perennial herb; stems threadlike, twining and sticking to other plants by means of suckers.
Reduced to tiny scales.
Inflorescence of several stalked flowers in loose clusters or globular masses; flowers 2.0-4.5 mm long, with 5 petals/sepals; sepals free to about halfway to the base; stamens not exserted; stigmas headlike.
Capsules globose, somewhat beaked; seeds usually solitary.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Parasitic on plants of the Chenopodiaceae and Asteraceae on saline sites in the lowland zone; locally frequent in SW BC, known from S Vancouver lsland, the Gulf Islands and the lower Fraser Valley; S to UT, AZ, CA and MX.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Cuscuta pacifica var. pacifica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 0 0 0
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
8 8 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CDF(1)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Cuscuta salina Engelm.

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