Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


416

Herbaceous vine
Annual

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in - - SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, especially on Fabaceae and woody plants, per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here


INVASIVE

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

SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017

 

full sun

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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Cuscuta japonica   FAMILY Convolvulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuscuta japonica   FAMILY Cuscutaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Monogynella japonica

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Dodder


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Cuscuta japonica

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

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

Month Unknown        

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

image of Cuscuta japonica

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

Month Unknown        

image of Cuscuta japonica

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

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

Month Unknown