Cuscuta pentagona Engelm., Amer. J. Sci. Arts 43(2): 340–341, pl. 6, f. 22–24 1842. (syn: Cuscuta arvensis Beyr. ex Engelm.; Cuscuta arvensis Beyrich ex Hook.; Cuscuta arvensis var. pentagona (Engelm.) Engelm.; Cuscuta campestris Yunck.; Cuscuta globularis Nutt. ex Engelm. (ambiguous synonym); Cuscuta pentagona var. subulata Yunck.; Cuscuta verrucosa Engelm. (ambiguous synonym); Epithymum arvense Nieuwl. & Lunell; Grammica campestris (Yunck.) Hadac & Chrtek; Grammica pentagona (Engelm.) W. A. Weber);
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Common name: Golden Dodder, common dodder, field dodder, prairie dodder


051011GK Cuscuta reflexa:
Leafless parasitic plant Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. of Convolvulaceae family.
These pictures had taken from Kalpeta, waynad, Kerala on 04-10-11.
Please read @ to know more details about this leafless parasitic plant.

… i think this is Cuscuta chinensis. This is now also found in North India, preferably in Nurseries or near by areas. This plant has 2 styles
pls see

I am very sorry for a wrong id of this plant…. post (efi thread) provoked me to re look at my post and I had gone through a thorough literature survey.

Now, I feel that this is Cuscuta campestris Yunck on the ground that …..the corolla lobes broadly triangular, apex acute or obtuse, often reflexed… (key as in Flora of China)
Thanks … to guide me to the key in FOC.

The link for … post was broken in the previous mail here it is

From Flora of China “Capsule entirely enclosed by withered corolla
This was the key feature why I ruled out C. chinensis.
If you see the plant again, please try get pictures of fruits.

On closer look at the close up photographs posted, in reply to … concern, I think your plant is different from what I have uploaded.
I think the one you posted is C. chinensis only. It seems that the withered corolla is completely enclosing the capsule.


Cuscuta ID request – 09012015PC1 : 18 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (7)
Kindly identify the species of Cuscuta growing in Delhi. I suspect there are two species of Cuscuta here, the one with orange-brown thinner stem is flowering and the other with yellow-green thicker stem (C. reflexa?) is not flowering.

Cuscuta chinensis Lam., I think.

I agree with … for identification

Thank you … I am confused; Is it Cuscuta chinensis or C. campestris? How can we differentiate between them?

Yes, Madam, you are correct, it is more likely C. campestris Yuncker, provided it is distributed in your area. However, difference can be found in FoC or FoP KEY. Perhaps host plant described there may help reach further conclusion.

Thank you … In Flora of Delhi ((1963) only two species of Cuscuta are reported to be growing in Delhi, C. reflexa and C. hyaline. I tried FoP but could not conclusively identify the species.

I Haven’t received your mail yesterday, instead replying in the group site directly. This is getting complicated. Please check my thread, I have uploaded a little while ago.
I think your species look similar to mine.
Your species doesn’t look like C. hyalina, for flowers should have acuminate to caudate petals and acute to acuminate sepals. Please check-
Picture of seeds of hyalina can be found at – Lucid Central

You are right … It does appear to be C. chinensis which probably has not been reported from Delhi

Now I am confused, I have identified my species (at efi thread) as Cuscuta campestris, based on Flora of China KEY –
(i) capsule entirely enclosed by withered corolla = chinensis
(ii) capsule subtended by withered corolla = campestris

Yes, … I am now fully convinced that it is Cuscuta campestris. I dissected the flowers and found them to be exactly as described in Flora of China

Thank you very much Madam. I also tried to dissect those flowers to see scales! But it was impossible to me to see anything inside.

The scales are very much there. They are present where the filaments have fused with the petals (attached photo). Can I also call them coronal outgrowths? if yes, are they then petaloid or staminal in origin? The host in this case is Clerodendrum inerme. After flowering the parasite withers and dies. I am yet to see the other Cuscuta species (probably C.reflexa) with the greenish-yellow stem flower in Delhi.
Like C. reflexa, C. campestris  too shows self-parasitism though not as aggressively.
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Thank you again so much Madam, I also noticed those translucent growth, but couldn’t make out their shapes. Neither could I focus my camera to take a snap.
Yes, I also noticed Clerodendrum is their host, in our case is Clerodendrum infortunatum.

…, there are five delicate translucent scales with inward-facing finger-like projections at their tips (fimbriolate?). Will try to get a better picture.

Yes, Madam, I can very well see the finger like projections in the photograph you have uploaded.
I thank you very much for this excellent learning session.

Jan2015sk22 Hooghly – Cuscuta sp. ID please : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

This is the most common species found along rail-tracks, roadside. It grows on herbaceous weeds. Today I have recorded from three places, chief vegetation found is of Mikania, Alternanthera, and other weeds. Earlier one such species was identified as C. chinensis. One post by Giby Sir, identified as C. campestris looks similar to this species.
I think this species also looks similar to FoZ or the one in Lucid Central
Sir Prain listed only one species – reflexa, Haines recorded two in Bihar – reflexa and chinensis. But a report informs campestris is present in our state – Indian Journals.
Please help.

These are seed pictures of the species. The species is present in West Bengal and other states – A paper from Pakistan – Moist habitat has been recorded –
Seed pictures for comparing can be accessed at-
Cuscuta chinensis Lam.
kus-KEW-tuh — ancient Latin name for dodder, probably of Arabic origin
chi-NEN-sis — of or from China
Sep 21, 2008 … at Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra
commonly known as: Chinese dodder • Hindi: अमरबेल amar bel, मखनियो makhanio • Konkani: अमोरवेल amorvel • Marathi: अमरवेल amarvel
Native to: China, Japan, Korea; naturalized elsewhere
References: Flowers of IndiaFloristic Survey of Institute of ScienceeFlora
more views: Sep 21, 2008 … at Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra
May 29, 2010 … at Rajgurunagar, near Pune, Maharashtra
Jan 26, 2008 … near Saphale Ghat, Maharashtra

The ID of posted plant is in error. Many thanks to Tabish for notifying me of my incorrect identification at Flowers of India; ID corrected by … as Cuscuta campestris Yunck.
In the group’s database, I found few posts related to Cuscuta campestris very helpful. … post Jan2015sk22 Hooghly – Cuscuta sp. ID please, detailed as always and another of … Cuscuta ID request – 09012015PC1 which has analysed the ID to detail.
…, please do the needful by shifting the link to this post from C. chinensis var chinensis to C. campestris Yunck.

And forgot to mention that the last picture (Jan 26, 2008 … near Saphale Ghat, Maharashtra) is of different species.


Cuscuta campestris Yunk. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Sharing some pictures I guess is Cuscuta campestris Yunk.
Shot today (31.8.16) in Kathmandu at 4500 ft.
Surprisingly I did not find mention  of this sp in any books of Nepal   and if it is the same plant!

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Thanks, … Pl. check threads under Cuscuta campestris

Cuscuta chinensis Lam.

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China

SK720 17 AUG-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Chobhar, Nepal
Altitude: 4600 ft.
Date: 18 July 2017
Cuscuta .. which one ?

Pl. check comparative images at genera page in efi site.


Cuscuta chinensis ?

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China & as per comparative images at Cuscuta


Flora of Haryana- Cuscuta chinensis from National Dairy Research Institute Karnal:
Cuscuta chinensis
From NDRI Campus Karnal growing as wild

How about C. reflexa?. Please see close up of flowers in second photograph.
Perhaps a clear close up of flower or fruit should help.

Sir Flowers were about half of the size of cuscuta reflexa. Stem was just like thick filament. much thinner as compared to C reflexa. typical bell shape of the flowers was not there
At present i dont have any more photo sending high resolution close up of the second photo for clarification

Thanks for posting the flowers of Cuscuta c.

More Pics from a village in Karnal Haryana

Please recall our discussion in your earlier post (C. reflexa) the key in FOC is as folows.. (I have taken part which is necessary of the entire key). Please check the same

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China

Convolvulaceae Week: Cuscuta chinensis from Delhi:
Cuscuta chinensis Lam., Encycl. Meth. Bot. 2: 229. 1786

Leafless yellowish slender twinning parasitic herb with small flowers in glomerules; styles 2 distinct; stigma globose.

Photographed from Vikas Puri, Delhi growing on herbaceous vegetation.

Nice close up sir. this parasite is spreading at alarming rate on wide range of hosts.

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China


This leafless golden-yellow parasite is very common here and can be found spreading over the foliage of other herbs in uncultivated land.

Species : Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.

Bengali name : SWARNALATA

Habit : leafless golden-yellow twining thread like herb

Habitat : wild, uncultivated area, waste-places

Date : 15-March-2012, 10.10 a.m. & 4.55 p.m.

Place : Gobra & Kamarkundu (Hooghly), WB

ID help : 1) “Plant Groups” (by H. Mukherji)  2)​Cuscuta


To me it looks C chinensis………..

Thank you for the ID. It explains why the flowers i recorded differ with the ones at  flowersofindia​.

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China


I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China


Chinese Dodder.:
Shearing couples of close up’s of Very small parasitic climber i ever saw Cuscuta chinensis (Convolvulaceae) अमरवेल 8/8/2012 at Neral station, Mharashtra

Extremely nice close up 

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China


ARJUL13 Climber for ID- Cuscuta sp.? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Found in Bangalore
Growing along the bank of a lake strangling all the other plants.
13th July

Could this be Cuscuta chinensis?

May be you are right … this matches with Cuscuta chinenesis…

I think it should be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per keys as per Flora of China


Id request – 08062014PC1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Kindly identify this flowering Cuscuta species. It has much thinner stem as compared to Cuscuta reflexa (in my next post – PC2). Found in Lodi road, Delhi. Could this be Cuscuta chinensis var. chinensis?

May be Cuscuta campestris Yunck. as per images herein.

Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. ?? : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) – 2 and 3 mb.
Location : Chandragiri Hills, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation : 2300 m.
Date : 11 December 2018
Habit : Wild

Attachments (3)- 2, 2 and 1 mb.

Pl. also check /species/a—l/cl/convolvulaceae/cuscuta/cuscuta-campestris
To me appears close.

I did not find listing in Nepal.

Is your plant not matching with the suggested id?

Since my images are ripe fruits only I could not decide.


SK2018 02 July 2019 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)- around 750 kb each.

Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu
Date: 24 June 2019
Elevation: 1351 m.
Habit : Wild 
Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. ??

Cuscuta chinensis

Cuscuta chinensis Lam. is not listed in Nepal.

It should be Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. (syn: Cuscuta campestris Yunck.) as per images and details herein and as per keys at Keys as per Flora of China
There is no reason why it should not be there, seeing the cosmopolitan distribution as per

IN that case you may be right …!


Tamhini ghat near Pune, MH :: Cuscuta (?) for ID :: ARK2019-65 : 12 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)

This vine was seen by the roadside in the Tamhini ghat near Pune, MH in Aug 2019.
It looks like Cuscuta pentagona based on efi pics.
Requested to please validate.

yes. it does but lets wait for someone else to look at this

Cuscuta reflexa only ?

Cuscuta ……. may be C. campestris or C. chinensis. Distinction will be made by a close up of matured fruits …….
In C. campestris matured fruit is only half covered in sepal cup.
In C. chinensis matured fruit is fully covered in sepal cup.

Thanks … But unfortunately, no fruits were seen.

First image does show immature fruits.

To me also appears close to images at Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. (syn: Cuscuta campestris Yunck.) as per comparative images at Cuscuta

Thank you … for validating.
…, Attaching a highly cropped pic of what I presume to be developing fruits? Can this help in deciding between C. chinensis and C. campestris/C. pentagona?
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I am glad … agrees. this is a rare sighting in my gardens and experience seen it only once in a newly acquired shrub and had to do my digging for id

Good ! Fruit out of sepal cup is clearly seen ……. Cuscuta pentagona (syn. C. campestris).


Cuscuta Species For ID : Mumbai : 02SEP16 : 02/02 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Cuscuta Species seen in a Mumbai Garden during April.
For Species Id please.

Cuscuta species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

Cuscuta campestris Yunck.


Cuscuta reflexa on Vitex negundo: 1 high res. image.
Location: Rajouri (jandk)

This is Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. as per comparative images at Cascuta


SK 2980 22 September 2021: 3 very high res. images.
Location: Dailekh, West Nepal
Altitude: 1700 m.
Date: 13 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. ??

For me your ID is correct


Cuscuta campestris Yunck. :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 21, 2008 · JUN23 DV129: 2 images.

Cuscuta campestris Yunck.
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 21, 2008 · 12:56 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Earlier uploaded at efloraofindia.


Cuscuta campestris Yunck. :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 21, 2008 · JUN23 DV132: 2 images.

Cuscuta campestris Yunck.
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 21, 2008 · 12:52 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Mix of plants in this observation



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