Cuscuta suaveolens Ser.

Fringed Dodder

Ann. Sci. Nat. (Paris) 3: 519 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems sometimes rather stout, yellowish. Inflorescence a loose few-flowered axillary cluster, subtended by an obtuse bract c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels mostly 3–6 mm long; calyx 1.5–2 mm long, lobes more or less equal, triangular-ovate, acute, shorter than or equal to tube; corolla 3–4 mm long, white, lobes triangular to triangular-ovate, acute, much shorter than tube; filaments 0.5–0.8 mm long, c. as long as anthers; scales subtending stamens oblong, barely as long as corolla-tube, with a dense fringe to 0.5 mm long; stigmas capitate. Capsule globose, c. 3.5 mm diam., not circumscissile; seeds 1.5–2 mm long. Flowers mainly summer and autumn.

*GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuM, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to South America. Scattered widely in Victoria and commonly parasitic on herbaceous legumes, but also herbs from a range of families.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Cuscutaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
genus Cuscuta
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cuscuta suaveolens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cuscuta suaveolens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced
Wilsons Promontory present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales