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Cuscuta europaea - L.

Common Name Greater dodder
Family
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open grassy localities, streamsides and hilly areas at elevations of 800 - 3,100 metres in China[266].
Range Europe to North Africa and eastern Asia.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cuscuta europaea Greater dodder


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Cuscuta europaea Greater dodder
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LycaonCuscuta japonica

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Cuscuta europaea is a ANNUAL. It is in flower from August to September. 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

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have a bitter, acrid and sweet taste with a heating potency[241]. It is aphrodisiac, renal and a hepatic tonic, being used to increase semen, to treat pain in the wrist and limbs, vaginal/seminal discharge, polyuria, tinnitus and blurred vision[241].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

241 This is a parasitic species that is devoid of leaves, roots or chlorophyll and so is totally dependant upon its host[238]. A climbing plant, it must be grown close to a host plant around which it will twine itself and which it will penetrate with suckers in order to obtain nutriment[238, 245]. It Britain it is found most commonly growing on the roots of stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and hops (Humulus lupulus)[17], whilst in China it is found mainly on plants in the families Composite, Leguminosae and Chenopodiaceae, though it can also be found on many other herbaceous plants[266].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

European dodder, greater dodder French: cuscute d'Europe. China: ou zhou to si zi. Czech Republic: kokotice evropska. Germany: Europäische Seide. Italy: cuscuta. Japan: kushironenashikazura. Netherlands: groot warkruid. Spain: cabellos de venus. Sweden: naesselsnaerja.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Japan, Kashmir; N Africa, W Asia - including Pakistan, Europe, North and South America.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Listed as a noxious weed in 13 U.S. States. Not proved to be a highly invasive species, but there are very significant risks of accidental introduction with contaminated crop seed and any such introduction could cause serious crop damage, and prejudice options for trading crop produce.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Cuscuta chinensisChinese DodderPerennial0.0 -  LMHSNM03 
Cuscuta epithymumLesser DodderAnnual1.0 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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