A slender, herbaceous annual with yellowish or orange-colored stems, climbing over and around various shrubs and herbs. Flowers numerous, short-stalked in dense clusters. Calyx five-lobed without bracts, the lobes ovate, blunt, shorter than the corolla tube. Corolla white, bell-shaped, about one-eighth of an inch long, with five ovate, rounded and blunt spreading lobes, the lobes nearly as long as the tubular part of the corolla. Within the corolla there are five fringed scales alternate with the lobes of the corolla and shorter than the corolla tube. Stamens five, alternate with the corolla lobes and inserted upon the upper part of the tube of the corolla. Fruit a globular capsule, one-eighth of an inch in diameter, enveloped or capped by the withering corolla.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

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B. Gronovius's Dodder; Love Vine   Cuscuta gronovii

B. Gronovius's Dodder; Love Vine - Cuscuta gronovii

Parasitic on various shrubs and herbs in low meadows, thickets and open swamps, Nova Scotia to Manitoba and Montana, south to Florida and Texas. Flowering in July and August.

In most localities this is the commonest species of Dodder, although in some places there are to be found other species, especially Cuscuta corapacta Jussieu; the Flax Dodder (Cuscuta epilinum Weihe), always upon flax; and the Clover Dodder (Cuscuta epithy-m u m Murray) usually upon clover.