Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Convolvulaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Cuscuta chinensis Lam.

Leaf arrangement

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Asymmetric

Leaf Apex

Acuminate

Leaf Base

Attenuate

Leaf Margin

Habit : A slender parasitic twiner.

Habitat and Distribution : Common. Foothills to 1200m. Afghanistan through India, Sri Lanka,  China, Siam and Malaysia.

Other relevent information : Seeds used in traditional medicine.

Field Tips : A leafless yellowish, filiform climber.

 

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Names:

English : Common Dodder


Hindi : Amar bel

Flower:

In racemes, sub sessile, fragrant, cream. Flowering from December.

Fruit :

A capsule, globose-conical, succulent. Seed black.

All from Convolvulaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)