Cuscuta campestris Yuncker

Locations ofCuscuta campestris Yuncker in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Cuscuta campestris Yuncker
Common Name
Field Dodder
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Cuscuta campestris Yuncker
Though sometimes included within C. pentagona, this species was recognized by Musselman in "The genus Cuscuta in Virginia", Castanea 51(3):188-196 (1986). Other more recent works have corroborated this interpretation. It's flowers average slightly larger (though some overlap does exist) and the conspicuously fringed infrastaminal scales protrude slightly further, being regularly visible against the developing capsule.
Costea separates C. campestris from C. pentagona initially by its having a rounded rather than angled calyx, but apparently flowers may need to be rehydrated to observe this since dried material may sometimes appear angled. See Sida 22(1):151-175 (2006); commentary on pp. 159-160 being particularly helpful.
Old fields, pastures, clearings, roadsides, and other open, disturbed habitats; often on plants of the Fabaceae and the Asteraceae. Frequent throughout.
Native Status

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