Cuscuta campestris Yunck.

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Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam area

Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam area

Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam area

Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam area

Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam area

Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Cuscuta campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

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Synonyms:
Common names: Dodder (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Leafless parasitic annual twining herb, often forming dense tangled masses. Stems slender, up to 3 mm in diameter, leafless, without chlorophyll, yellowish, apricot-coloured to bright orange, attaching themselves to the host plant by means of numerous series of small haustorias. Flowers in dense clusters along the stems, c. 2-3 mm in diameter, cream-coloured. Corolla bell-shaped with triangular, pointed lobes. Fruit a depressed spherical capsule.
Notes: All 5 species occurring in Zimbabwe are similar and may sometimes only be distinguished on minute floristic details such as the shape and size of the styles, stigmas, cololla lobes and the absence or presence of scales.
Derivation of specific name: campestris: of the fields or plains
Habitat: Found on a great variety of herbaceous host plants, sometimes in gardens.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native to America but now widely naturalised in the Old World.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 April 2015
Literature:

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 131 - 132. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 36.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 43.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 302 - 303. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 54.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Cuscuta campestris
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cuscuta campestris
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cuscuta campestris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cuscuta campestris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cuscuta campestris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cuscuta campestris
Ispot Southern Africa : Cuscuta campestris
JSTOR Plant Science: Cuscuta campestris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cuscuta campestris
Tropicos: Cuscuta campestris
West African Plants database: Cuscuta campestris


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cuscuta campestris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147130, retrieved 29 May 2016

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