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:
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:
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native to America but now widely naturalised in the Old World.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

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).

Other sources of information about Cuscuta campestris:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cuscuta campestris
Flora of Zambia: Cuscuta campestris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cuscuta campestris

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cuscuta campestris
African Plant Database: Cuscuta campestris
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cuscuta campestris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cuscuta campestris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cuscuta campestris
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cuscuta campestris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cuscuta campestris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cuscuta campestris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cuscuta campestris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cuscuta campestris
Ispot Southern Africa: Cuscuta campestris
JSTOR Plant Science: Cuscuta campestris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cuscuta campestris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cuscuta campestris
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cuscuta campestris
Tropicos: Cuscuta campestris


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cuscuta campestris.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147130, retrieved 23 November 2017

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