Cuscuta campestris Yunck. 

Taxonomy: Fam. Convolvulaceae// Genus: Cuscuta// Species: Cuscuta campestris Yunck.

Determined according to the botanical key provided in The Flora of the Republic of Macedonia (Matevski, 2010).

Lifeform: Annual, Therophyte according to the Raunkiær system; Parasite.

Distribution: Native to North America, Caribbean and West South America; introduced elsewhere according to the distribution information provided by the Plants of the World Online portal (Royal Botanic gardens, Kew).

Hosts: Found on Chondrila juncea (Asteraceae) as host. This species parasites on members of the Asteraceae, Chenopodiaceae, Polygonaceae, Lamiaceae, Solanaceae, Poaceae, Verbenaceae, Berssicaceae, Malvaceae, Onagraceae and other families (Matevski, 2010).

Flowering period: Summer: JUN, JUL, AUG.

Cuscuta campestris – habit. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – habit. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – habit. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems with haustoria and developing inflorescences. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems with haustoria and developing inflorescences. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – inflorescences. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris –stems with haustoria and inflorescences. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems with haustoria and inflorescences. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – inflorescence. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems with haustoria and inflorescence with flowers and fruits. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – inflorescence with flowers and fruits. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems with haustoria. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.
Cuscuta campestris – stems with haustoria. Osogovo, hilly region near village of Beli, 18.06.2022. Photo by Trajche Dimitrovski.

References:

Cuscuta campestris Yunck. Plants of the World Online portal, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. https://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:72786-2 [Accessed 27.06.2022].

Matevski, V. (2010). The Flora of the Republic of Macedonia Vol. II, Book 1. Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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