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Cuscuta chinensis - Lam.

Common Name Chinese Dodder
Family Convolvulaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Near seashores, C. and S. Japan[58]. Fields, open mountain slopes, thickets and sandy beaches at elevations up to 3,000 metres in most parts of China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cuscuta chinensis Chinese Dodder


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Cuscuta chinensis is a PERENNIAL. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Aphrodisiac  Demulcent  Diaphoretic  Hepatic  Kidney  Ophthalmic  Tonic

A lotion made from the stems is used in the treatment of sore heads and inflamed eyes[218]. The seed is aphrodisiac, demulcent, diaphoretic, hepatic and tonic[176, 178, 218, 240]. It is decocted and used with other herbs to treat a variety of ailments[218]. In particular, it is used in the treatment of impotence, nocturnal emissions, vertigo, lumbago, leucorrhoea, frequent micturation, decreased eyesight, threatened abortion and chronic diarrhoea[176].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. This is a parasitic species that is devoid of leaves, roots or chlorophyll and so is totally dependant upon its host[238]. It is most commonly found growing on plants in the families Leguminosae, Compositae and Zygophyllaceae and must be grown next to the host plant, which it penetrates with suckers in order to obtain nutriment[238, 266].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, by lodging it among the stems of a host plant[238].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Cuscuta epithymumLesser DodderAnnual1.0 0-0  LMHSNM020
Cuscuta europaeaGreater dodderAnnual0.0 0-0  LMHSNM020
Cuscuta japonicaJapanese DodderAnnual Climber1.0 5-9  LMHSNM120
Cuscuta megalocarpaBigfruit DodderPerennial0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Cuscuta reflexaDodder, Giant dodderPerennial0.0 0-0  LMHSNM020
Cuscuta umbellataFlatglobe dodder 0.0 0-0  LMHSNM100

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Lam.

Botanical References

58266

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Readers comment

Nakul   Wed Sep 10 2008

Cuscuta chinensis can use as a s antidiuretics

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