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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Cuscuta japonica   FAMILY Convolvulaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta japonica   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Monogynella japonica

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Dodder


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image of Cuscuta japonica, Japanese Dodder

USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org    bug_1149108

Month Unknown        

Look for it on Kudzu & possibly other nonnative woody plants, like Privet, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).

image of Cuscuta japonica, Japanese Dodder

USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org    bug_1149111

Month Unknown        

Apparently eradicated in Pickens County, SC, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Cuscuta japonica, Japanese Dodder

Victor Cordova, City of Houston, Urban Forestry Division, Bugwood.org     bug_2121072

Month Unknown        

image of Cuscuta japonica, Japanese Dodder

Barry Rice, sarracenia.com, Bugwood.org    bug_5341069

Month Unknown        

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 japonica, Japanese Dodder

Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org    bug_5376412

Month Unknown        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Cuscuta japonica   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta japonica   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Monogynella japonica

 

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Herbaceous vine
Annual

Non-native: east Asia

Habitat: Disturbed areas, especially on Fabaceae (especially Pueraria) and woody plants, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Stems twining, often yellowish-orange, leafless

FLOWER:
Summer
Whitish/ Creamy
Flowers are almost sessile.
Usually 5-merous
Campanulate corolla
Superior ovary

Flowers widely spaced in a spikelike inflorescence

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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