Cuscuta epilinum Weihe

Prodr. Fl. Monast. Westphal. 75 (Mar 1824) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Stems pale yellow, cream or greenish. Inflorescence a compact axillary cluster to c. 10 mm diam., ebracteate. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels 0–0.5 mm long; calyx 1.8–2.5 mm long, lobes unequal, broad-ovate, overlapping, acute, much longer than tube; corolla 2.5–4 mm long, yellowish, lobes ovate-triangular, obtuse, shorter than tube; filaments 0.5–0.8 mm long, slightly longer than anthers; scales subtending stamens spathulate-truncate, shorter than corolla-tube, very shortly fringed; stigmas linear. Capsule subglobose, c. 2 mm diam., circumscissile; seeds c. 1 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

Possibly native to SW Asia but uncertain as it is extensively naturalised. Known in Victoria by 2 old collections from near Melbourne and Ballarat. Usually parasitic on Linum usitatissimum (Flax).

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-08-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-28
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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 epilinum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cuscuta epilinum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct introduced

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