Engelm., Trans. Acad. Sci. St Louis 1:512 (1859) var. tasmanica.
Synonymy: Cuscuta tasmanica
Common name: Tasmanian dodder, golden dodder.
Stems slender, pale-yellow; inflorescence axillary, subtended by a concave triangular obtuse bract 1-1.5 mm long.
Flowers 5-merous, in loose few-flowered clusters; pedicels thick, as long as or longer than the flowers, 3-6 mm long; calyx more or less equalling the corolla tube, lobes unequal, oblong to ovate-oblong, obtuse, much longer than the tube; corolla 3-4 mm long, lobes oblong-ovate, obtuse, equalling or longer than the tube; stamens with filaments 0.3-0.7 mm long, more or less equalling the anthers; infrastaminal scales oblong, equalling or exceeding the corolla tube, abundantly fimbriate, fimbriae up to 0.5 mm long; styles 1-1.5 mm long, stigmas capitate.
Capsule depressed-globular, 3.5-3.8 mm diam., with an interstylar opening more or less 1 mm long, not circumscissile dehiscence; seeds 1.6-2 mm long.
S.Aust.: SE. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: mainly Dec. — May.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
Parasitic on plants of saline coastal areas e.g. species of Wilsonia, Parapholis incurva and Chenopodium.
C. tasmanica Engelm. var. brevistyla Yuncker, Mem. Torrey Bot. Cl. 18:143 (1932) has been recorded from 2.5 km south of Martin Washpool Conservation Park (SE). It differs from the type variety in having much shorter styles.
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