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Salt Dodder
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Cuscuta salina

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About Salt Dodder (Cuscuta salina) Cuscuta salina is a species of dodder known by the common name salt marsh dodder. It is native to western North America, where it lives in seasonal alkaline or saline habitats such as vernal pools and salt flats. It is a parasitic plant, wrapping itself around wetland vegetation and tapping them for nutrients with its haustoria. Cuscuta salina is a slender annual vine extending yellowish thready stems to wrap tightly around other plants. The leaves are rudimentary and scale-like. The dodder produces flowers with white glandular corollas. Each is bell-shaped with five pointed triangular lobes. Taxonomy. Previous treatments of the species divided it into three Varieties: In 2009, two of them were combined into a separate species called Cuscuta pacifica. The two species can easily be differentiated by habitat geography: the varieties of Cuscuta pacifica grow solely in coastal habitats while Cuscuta salina sensu stricto grows inland in alkaline or saline seasonally wet habitats such as vernal pools and salt flats, such as the margins of the Great Salt Lake.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Vine, Annual herb

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-23' - 2901'

Annual Precip. ?
3.5" - 41.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 1.40"

Coldest Month ?
45.2° F - 56.6° F

Hottest Month ?
58.2° F - 87.4° F

Humidity ?
0.30 vpd - 37.86 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Salt Marsh Dodder, Saltmarsh Dodder

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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