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Cuscuta umbellata

Cuscuta umbellata Kunth

Flatglobe Dodder, Santa Fe Dodder

Cuscutaceae (Dodder Family)

Synonym(s): Cuscuta umbellata var. reflexa, Grammica umbellata


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

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Vine
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Twining stems up to about 4 feet long.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , CO , FL , KS , LA , NM , OK , TX

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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