Common name: Golden Dodder
Cuscuta campestris Yunck. APNI*
Description: Parasitic twiner; stems slender, yellowish.
Flowers 5- or rarely 4-merous, in relatively compact clusters to 15 mm diam.; pedicels < 2.5 mm long.
Calyx 1.5–1.8 mm long. Corolla 2–3 mm long; lobes triangular, ± acute with inflexed tips, equal to or longer than the tube. Scales subtending stamens oblong, exceeding the corolla tube, abundantly fimbriate, fimbriae to 0.5 mm long.
Capsule not circumsciss.
Flowering: mainly summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Parasitic on cultivated plants, particularly species of AsterACEAE, also on Lucerne and on naturalized forbs, widespread. Native of Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A.
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by R. W. Johnson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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