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Cuscuta indecora (Bigseed alfalfa dodder)
Leander, Bruce

Cuscuta indecora

Cuscuta indecora Choisy

Bigseed alfalfa dodder, Largeseed dodder, Pretty dodder

Cuscutaceae (Dodder Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N), CAN (N)

This is a leafless, rootless, parasitic vine with twining thread-like yellowish stems. It lives on the juices of the host plant.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Vine
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


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Canada: SK

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1260 Collected 2013-01-26 in Brazoria County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cuscuta indecora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cuscuta indecora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cuscuta indecora


Record Last Modified: 2011-08-07
Research By: DEW

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