Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3478

Herbaceous vine
Annual

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

Common

Look for it in wet habitats, on herbaceous and esp on woody hosts, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Stems twining, often yellowish-orange, leafless

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Whitish/ Creamy/ Greenish
Flowers are sessile.
Usually 5-merous
5-lobed campanulate corolla (usually)
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 compacta   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta compacta var. compacta   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 158-01-002:
Cuscuta compacta   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Cuscuta compacta var. efimbriata

 

COMMON NAME:
Compact Dodder


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image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm120211_038

February    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140822_986

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers subtended by 1-10 bracts, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140822_986b

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Bracts orbicular with rounded tips, imbricate, tightly subtending flower, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140822_994

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Seems to prefer woody hosts but does parasitze herbaceous plants, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140822_994b

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers in sessile compact clusters, pedicels absent, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140909_612

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Bracts tightly appressed (vs. loose with recurved tips in C. glomerata), per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140909_614

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Capsule globose-conic, capped by the withered corolla, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140909_624

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

C. compacta creates a dense rope-like glomerule cluster about the stem of host, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140930_002

September    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

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JK Marlow    jkm140930_996

September    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

image of Cuscuta compacta

JK Marlow    jkm140930_999

September    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

This growing on Japanese Knotweed.

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Keith Bradley    kab_cuscuta_compacta_3214

November    Richland County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway