Cuscuta epithymum (L.) L.
common dodder (clover dodder; thyme dodder)
Convolvulaceae (Dodder family)
(Previously in Cuscutaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Niall Williams     (Photo ID #10464)


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Distribution of Cuscuta epithymum
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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 stalkless, often purplish-tinged flowers in clusters or globular masses; flowers 2.5-3 mm long, with 5 petals/sepals; calyx lobes longer than wide, membranous; corolla tubes longer than the calyces; stigmas long-pointed.
Capsules spherical, opening in an irregularly circular fashion near the base; seeds 4.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Parasitic, especially on legumes, in the lowland and steppe zones; infrequent in SW and SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia