Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Cuscuta indecora Choisy
(Large Seed Dodder)

Family: Convolvulaceae, formerly Cuscutaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Cuscuta indecora has 2-3mm long fleshy flowers which are five merous. The capsule is not circumscissile. The corolla tips are turned inwards. The scales are deeply fringed. The style is capitate and as long as the ovary. the capsule is globose. The pedicels are longer than the flowers. Cuscuta indecora grows on various hosts and is found in moister habitat. There are four seeds per capsule.
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Cuscuta indecora, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 1, 2008



Cuscuta indecora, detail of capsule and inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 1, 2008



Cuscuta indecora, detail of scale, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 1, 2008



Cuscuta indecora, detail of panicle with pedicles longer than flowers with capitate styles, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 8, 2008



Cuscuta indecora, flowers 2-3mm with petals with inflexed tips, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 8, 2008



Cuscuta indecora, styles as long as the ovary and capsules globose, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 8, 2008



Cuscuta indecora, capsule not circumscissile at base, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Ben Lilly, Sept. 8, 2008


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