Cuscuta cephalanthi buttonbush dodder Cuscutaceae CUCE; R;

Cuscuta cephalanthi.Cuscuta cephalanthi. By Arthur Haines. Copyright © 2015.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Cuscuta cephalanthi.Cuscuta cephalanthi. By Arthur Haines. Copyright © 2015.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 6/2015).

Cuscuta cephalanthi is a parasitic annual vine, stems coarse, yellow, high climbing. Plants lack chlorophyll.

Leaves reduced to scales, narrow, oblong, toothed from near base, tips blunt.

Flowers white, 0.2 cm, usually 4-parted, petal lobes egg-shaped, blunt-tipped, much shorter than tube, calyx lobes blunt, much shorter than petal tube; inflorescence of compact, crowded clusters.

Fruit dry, hollow, a rounded capsule, 0.3 cm, surrounded or crowned by old flower parts; Aug.-Sept.

Wetland status: NL.

Frequency in NYC: Rare (NYS S1, E).

Origin: Native.

Habitat: On shrubs (buttonbush?) and coarse herbs in wet areas.