OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cuscuta compacta   FAMILY Convolvulaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta compacta var. compacta   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Cuscuta compacta var. efimbriata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 158-01-002:
Cuscuta compacta   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Compact Dodder


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image of Cuscuta compacta, Compact Dodder

JK Marlow    jkm120211_038

February    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Cuscuta compacta, Compact Dodder

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, Compact Dodder

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, Compact Dodder

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, Compact Dodder

JK Marlow    jkm140822_994b

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers in sessile compact clusters, pedicels absent, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Cuscuta compacta, Compact Dodder

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, Compact Dodder

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, Compact Dodder

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, Compact Dodder

JK Marlow    jkm140930_002

September    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

image of Cuscuta compacta, Compact Dodder

JK Marlow    jkm140930_996

September    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

image of Cuscuta compacta, Compact Dodder

JK Marlow    jkm140930_999

September    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

This growing on Japanese Knotweed.

image of Cuscuta compacta, Compact Dodder

Keith Bradley    kab_cuscuta_compacta_3214

November    Richland County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway

 

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

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta compacta var. compacta   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Cuscuta compacta var. efimbriata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 158-01-002:
Cuscuta compacta   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

 

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3478

Herbaceous vine
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Habitat: Bottomland forests, stream banks, marshes, swamps, pine savannas, calcareous seeps and streambanks, wet fields, other wet habitats, on herbaceous and especially 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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