Common name: Tasmanian Dodder
Cuscuta tasmanica Engelm. APNI*
Description: Parasitic twiner; stems slender, pale yellow.
Flowers 5-merous, in loose few-flowered clusters; pedicels 3–6 mm long.
Calyx 1.5–2.2 mm long. Corolla 4–6 mm long; lobes oblong-ovate, obtuse, equal to or longer than the tube. Scales subtending stamens oblong, equal to or exceeding the corolla tube, abundantly fimbriate, fimbriae to 0.5 mm long.
Capsule not circumsciss.
Flowering: mainly summer–autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually parasitic on plants, such as species of Wilsonia and Chenopodium, recorded for the Liverpool Plains.
NSW subdivisions: SC, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by R. W. Johnson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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