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  • Cuscuta is often evident either hanging from tree branches or simply decorating and mercilessly strangling roadside verges like some discarded seamstress's orange thread.

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  • The parasitic plant dodder Cuscuta donates genes to the host plants around which it is entwined.


  • Phoradendron species are "hemiparasites", meaning that they are capable of some photosynthesis and have green leaves, unlike Cuscuta.

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  • One favorite treatment for sciatica used by Cherokee herbalist David Winston is a combined extract of sweet melilot (Melilotus alba), dodder (Cuscuta americana), and sweet or black birth (Betula lenta).


  • In the Near East the tree is subject to attack by various beetles of the genus Capnodis and by Cuscuta monogyna.

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  • The curious dodder (_Cuscuta_), whose leafless, yellow stems are sometimes very conspicuous, twining over various plants, is a member of this family which has lost its chlorophyll through parasitic habits.

    Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany For High Schools and Elementary College Courses

  • Thus, the _Cuscuta_ of flax, called by the French _Bourreau du Lin_ (the flax's executioner), and by the

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884

  • When a seed of _Cuscuta_, germinates, no cotyledons are to be distinguished.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884

  • It is possible for a _Cuscuta_ plant to work destruction over a space two meters in diameter in a lucern or clover field; so, should a hundred seeds germinate in an acre, it may be easily seen how disastrous the effects of the scourge would prove.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884

  • One of the head gardeners at the Paris Museum received specimens of _Cuscuta reflexa_ from India about two years ago, and, having placed it upon a geranium plant, succeeded in cultivating it.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884


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