Common name: Australian Dodder
Cuscuta australis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Parasitic twiner; stems slender, pale yellow to brown.
Flowers 5-merous in compact clusters, up to 10 mm diam.; pedicels < 2.5 mm long.
Calyx c. 1.5 mm long. Corolla c. 2 mm long; lobes rounded-triangular, obtuse, shorter than or equal to the corolla tube. Scales subtending stamens oblong, somewhat bifid, shorter than the corolla tube with few fimbriae.
Capsule not circumsciss.
Flowering: mainly summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Parasitic on native and naturalized forbs, especially Polygonum species, chiefly in coastal swampy areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by R. W. Johnson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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