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Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona

Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. var. pentagona

Cuscuta arvensis Bey. ex Engelm.

Cuscuta campestris Yunck.

Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. var. calycina Engelm.

Grammica campestris (Yunck.) Hadac & Chrtek

Grammica pentagona (Engelm.) W.A. Weber

Dodder, Field Dodder

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderSolanalesPotatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias, sweet potatoes, morning glories, many others
FamilyConvolvulaceaeBindweed or morning glory family
GenusCuscutaA name of Arabic derivation meaning “dodder”
SpeciespentagonaFive-angled
var.pentagonaFive-angled

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Dodder is orange, not green. It doesn’t have any apparent leaves, and cannot get energy through photosynthesis. It doesn’t need to: instead, it parasitizes other plants. This is one of many species of dodder, and it is native to western North America and many other areas of the world.

Identification: This dodder looks like someone hurled bunches of orange angel hair pasta on top of other plants. It appears as long, tangled fine strings, snaking around the plants from which it draws nutrients. It appears yellow, pinkish yellow, or orange. It lacks roots and leaves because it doesn’t need them. Flowers are cream-colored, bell-shaped, inconspicuous, ¹/₁₆" (2 mm) in length. Seeds are tan and roughly spherical.

Online References:

Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona on the Interactive Agricultural Ecological Atlas of Russia and Neighboring Countries

Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona at the University of Queensland Australia

Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona on Convolvulaceae Unlimited

Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona at cabi.org’s Invasive Species Compendium

Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona on Wikimedia Commons

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

2/24/2010 · Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, CA
≈ 10 × 7" (26 × 17 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

9/13/2010 · Burge’s Pond, Westford, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

8/14/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp, Rte. 119, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

Dodder is enveloping pickleweed (Sarcocornia pacifica). · 2/24/2010 · Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, CA
≈ 5 × 4½" (12 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona var. pentagona description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Nov 2013.

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Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

8/14/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp, Rte. 119, Groton, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

2/24/2010 · Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, CA
≈ 5 × 5" (12 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

9/13/2010 · Burge’s Pond, Westford, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

8/14/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp, Rte. 119, Groton, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

8/14/2010 · Nashua River Boat Ramp, Rte. 119, Groton, MA
≈ 3 × 2½" (7.9 × 6.4 cm) ID is uncertain

Cuscuta pentagona (Dodder, Field Dodder)

4/13/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

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