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  Cuscuta chinensis
 
  Family: CONVOLVULACEAE
  Citation:  Cuscuta chinensis Lam., Encycl. 2: 229. 1786; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 227. 1883; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 931(654). 1923; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 264. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 210. 1999; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 336. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 465. 2009.
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  Description: Slender yellow twiners. Leaves absent. Flowers sessile, 5-7, in lateral fascicles. Calyx-lobes 5, c. 2 x 1.5 mm, broadly ovate, scarious. Corolla pale yellow, c. 5 mm across, 3-3.5 mm long, widely funnel-form; lobes triangular-ovate, acute or obtuse, spreading. Stamens 5; filaments longer than the ovoid anthers. Corolla scales oblong, fimbriate above. Ovary c. 1.5 mm long, globose; styles 2, filiform; stigma rounded. Capsule c. 3 mm across, depressed-globose, irregularly dehiscent; seeds c. 1 mm long.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-March
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Moist and dry deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia and China
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: Yes
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Rose
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Chengamperu, Sivaloda, Moozhiar, Aroor
   
 
   
 
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