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Cuscuta suksdorfii
mountain dodder

Distribution: Southern Washington to the southern Sierra Nevada, California, at medium to high elevations.

Habitat: On Aster, Spraguea, and other hosts.

Flowers: July - September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)


Parasitic, twining, perennial herbs, with very slender, pinkish-yellow to white glabrous stems, often forming large mats.


: Leaves reduced to tiny scales.


Flowers 2.5-3 mm. long, 4- to 5-merous, borne in few-flowered clusters on pedicles 1-3 mm. long; calyx broad, nearly equaling the corolla, its lobes ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, spreading; corolla bell-shaped with a cap-like covering, lobed about half its length, the lobes ovate-lanceolate, erect; stamens inserted just below the sinuses of the corolla; filament scales variable; styles 2,considerably shorter than the ovary; ovary 2-celled, ovoid-conic, superior.


Capsule ovoid

Accepted Name:
Cuscuta suksdorfii Yunck.
Publication: Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 18(2): 167. 1932.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cuscuta suksdorfii Yunck. var. suksdorfii [KZ99]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cuscuta suksdorfii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cuscuta suksdorfii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cuscuta suksdorfii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cuscuta suksdorfii photos.

USDA Plants: Cuscuta suksdorfii information.

9 photographs:
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