Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3072

Herbaceous vine
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA), endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in high elevation hardwood forests and thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Stems twining, often yellowish-orange, leafless

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Whitish/ Creamy
5-merous
5-lobed campanulate corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cuscuta rostrata   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta rostrata   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 158-01-007:
Cuscuta rostrata   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Dodder, Beaked Dodder


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image of Cuscuta rostrata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_curo_001_lvd

        

image of Cuscuta rostrata

Tim Spira    tps_crostrata2

June        

Stems coarse. Flowers in compact clusters, pedicels shorter than the flowers, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Cuscuta rostrata

JK Marlow    jkm060723_132

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

C. rostrata grows almost exclusively on blackberry vines, per Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

image of Cuscuta rostrata

JK Marlow    jkm060723_135

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

All Cuscuta species are leafless, annual parasitic herbs, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).

image of Cuscuta rostrata

JK Marlow    jkm060723_138

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the few species in the Southeast with very fragrant flowers, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).