Cuscuta australis R.Br.

Australian Dodder

Prodr. 491 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Stems pale yellow to brown. Inflorescence a compact axillary cluster to c. 7 mm diam., subtended by an acute bract 2–3 mm long. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels 0–2.5 mm long; calyx c. 1.5 mm long, lobes unequal, ovate-orbicular, obtuse, c. equal to tube; corolla c. 2 mm long, white, lobes triangular-ovate, obtuse, shorter than or equal to tube; filaments 0.5–0.8 mm long, c. as long as or longer than anthers; scales subtending stamens oblong, deeply bifid, shorter than corolla-tube, sparsely fringed; stigmas capitate. Capsule more or less globose, 2–4 mm diam., not circumscissile; seeds c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers mainly summer.

CVU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, *OtP. Also Qld, NSW. Scattered mainly across northern Victoria, usually parasitic on native and naturalised Polygonaceae especially Persicaria, but also recorded on Alternanthera denticulata.

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, 2017-06-01
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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 australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cuscuta australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales