Cuscuta epithymum (L.) Murray

Common Dodder

Syst. Veg., edn 13, 140 (1774) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems pale yellow, reddish or purple. Inflorescence a compact axillary cluster mostly 6–10 mm diam., subtended by an obtuse bract 1.5–2 mm long. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels 0–0.5 mm long; calyx 1.8–2.5 mm long, lobes unequal, ovate-triangular, acute, much longer than tube; corolla 2.5–4 mm long, white or pinkish, lobes triangular, acute, c. equal to tube; filaments 0.5–0.8 mm long, slightly longer than anthers; scales subtending stamens oblong, shorter than or equal to corolla-tube, very shortly fringed; stigmas linear. Capsule subglobose, c. 2 mm diam., circumscissile; seeds c. 1 mm long. Flowers mainly spring and summer.

*GipP, *Glep, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. A widespread weed often parasitic on leguminous herbs, but including a wide range of hosts from different 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 epithymum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cuscuta epithymum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales