Cuscuta epithymum

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Cuscuta epithymum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Cuscuta
Species: C. epithymum
Binomial name
Cuscuta epithymum

Lepimenes epithymum (L.) Raf.[3]
Cuscuta europaea var. epithymum L. [4][5]

Cuscuta epithymum (dodder, lesser dodder, hellweed, strangle-tare) is a parasitic plant assigned to the Cuscutaceae or Convolvulaceae family, depending on the taxonomy. It is red-pigmented, not being photosynthetically active. It has a filiform habit, like a group of yarns. Its leaves are very small, like flakes. Its flowers, disposed in little glomerules, have a white corolla, with the androecium welded to the corolla.


  1. ^ "Systema vegetabilium ed 13". Linnean Collections. 1774. p. 140. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "IPNI Cuscuta epithymum". International Plant Name Index. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ Govaerts, R. et. al. (2018). "Plants of the World online Cuscuta epithymum". Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  4. ^ "APNI Cuscuta epithymum". Australian Plant Name Index. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ Linnaeus, C. (1753) Species Plantarum 1: 124