Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Check out this Key to the Dodders of Alabama from Daniel Spaulding (Phytoneuron).
Read about Japanese Dodder from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Read about the remarkably similar Dodder Laurel from Lytton Musselman and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org bug_1149108
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).
USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org bug_1149111
Apparently eradicated in Pickens County, SC, per Weakley's Flora (2015).
Barry Rice, sarracenia.com, Bugwood.org bug_5341069
All Cuscuta species are leafless, annual parasitic herbs, per Key to the Dodders (Cuscuta, Convolvulaceae) of Alabama and Adjacent States (Spaulding, 2013).
Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org bug_5376412
Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in - - SC
Habitat: Disturbed areas, especially on Fabaceae (especially Pueraria) and woody plants, per Weakley's Flora
NEW! Click here to see a range map (and maybe identification notes) from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
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
- USDA Federal Noxious Weeds, 091820
Stems twining, often yellowish-orange, leafless
Flowers are almost sessile.
Flowers widely spaced in a spikelike inflorescence
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!