Cuscuta campestris Yunck.
field dodder (fiveangled dodder; five-angled dodder)
Convolvulaceae (Dodder family)
(Previously in Cuscutaceae)

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Species Information

Parasitic, leafless perennial herb; stems threadlike, twining and sticking to other plants by means of suckers.
Reduced to tiny scales.
Inflorescence of several to many stalked flowers in clusters or globular masses; flowers 1.5-3 mm long, with 5 petals/ sepals; sepals free to about halfway to the base, nearly equal; stamens slightly exserted; stigmas headlike.
Capsules depressed-globose, 2.5-3 mm wide, usually not beaked; seeds usually 2.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Parasitic, especially on legumes, in the lowland zone; rare in SW and SC BC; ranges over much of U.S. and S Canada.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Cuscuta arvensis Bey. ex Engelm.
Cuscuta pentagona Engelm.
Cuscuta pentagona var. calycina Engelm.
Grammica campestris (Yunck.) Hadac & Chrtek
Grammica pentagona (Engelm.) W.A. Weber