Scientific Name: Cuscuta gronovii Will. e x. R. & S.
Common Name: Love-vine
Rootless, leafless, parasitic annuals, stems coarse, yellow or orange and dextrorsely twining about the
host plant; flowers small, 5-merous, 2-2.5 mm long, in locse or dense, paniculate cymose clusters, pedicels
varying in length but mostly shorter than the flowers; calyx commonly reaching to about the middle of the
corolla tube, lobes mostly sub-ovate, sometimes suborbicular or oblong, obtuse, overlapping at the base; corolla
3-3.5 mm long, tube campanulate, lobes shorter than the tube, mostle sub-ovate, obtuse, spreading;
infrastamineal scales oblong, shorter than the corolla tube or reaching the filaments, deeply fringed about the
upper part; styles stout and occasionally slightly subulate, mostly shorter than the globose-conic ovary. Capsule
usually globose-conic to subobpyriform, 2.5-4 mm broad, surrounded or occasionally capped by the withered
August-October. On a variety of woody or herbaceous hosts; scattered localities, throughout. [Southeast].
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