Cuscuta campestris Yunck.

Field Dodder

Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 18: 138 (1932) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems yellowish. Inflorescence a compact axillary cluster to c. 15 mm diam., subtended by an obtuse bract 1.5–2 mm long. Flowers 5- or rarely 4-merous; pedicels 1–2 mm long; calyx 1.5–1.8 mm long, lobes unequal, ovate to oblong-ovate, obtuse to subacute, much longer than the tube; corolla 2–3 mm long, white or cream, lobes triangular, more or less acute, inflexed at apex, equal to or longer than the tube; filaments 0.8–1.5 mm long, longer than anthers; scales subtending stamens oblong, longer than corolla-tube, with a dense fringe to c. 0.5 mm long; stigmas capitate. Capsule depressed-globose, 2.5–3.5 mm diam., not circumscissile; seeds 1–1.5 mm long. Flowers mainly summer.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, widely throughout the world. Native to America. Native to America and widely naturalised. In Victoria currently known mainly from along the Murray River between Albury and Mildura,  and also several localities to the east of Melbourne (e.g. Healesville, Moe), and at Horsham, but apparently spreading rapidly and potentially a very serious weed. Parasitic on a variety of different families. In Victoria it has been collected from native and introduced species of Asteraceae (e.g. Senecio cunninghamii, Sonchus asper, Symphyotrichum subulatum), Fabaceae (Medicago sativa), Lamiaceae (Marrubium vulgare), Polygonaceae (Persicaria spp.) and Menyanthaceae (Ornduffia reniformis).

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, 2017-05-31
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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 campestris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cuscuta campestris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory