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|Family: Convolvulaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cuscuta||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cuscuta approximata Bab.
Inflorescence: head-like, flowers 8--40; pedicels generally 0. Flower: 3--4.2 mm, fleshy, not papillate, parts in 5s; calyx +- = corolla tube, bell-shaped, divided 1/3--1/2, veined, shiny, lobes widely triangular, bases overlapped, margins entire, tip with a short, obtuse, fleshy appendage; corolla tube 1.5--2 mm, bell-shaped (spheric or urn-shaped in fruit), scales +- reaching stamen bases, oblong to obovate, rounded, shallowly fringed in distal 1/2, lobes spreading, generally = tube, ovate-round, margins entire, tip obtuse, straight; filaments 0.3--0.5 mm, anthers exserted, 0.3--0.5 mm, ovate; styles 0.8--1.6 mm, stigmas elongate. Fruit: circumscissile, 1.5--2.3 mm, 1.6--2 mm wide, depressed-spheric, not thickened or raised around opening between styles, translucent, capped by corolla. Seed: 4, 0.9--1.1 mm, 0.6--0.75 mm wide, ovate to widely elliptic. Chromosomes: 2n=14,28.
Ecology: Uncommon. Esp on Fabaceae (e.g., alfalfa, clover); Elevation: generally < 1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoR, GV, MP; Distribution Outside California: to western Canada, Utah; Asia, Europe, northern Africa. Flowering Time: May--Sep
Unabridged Synonyms: Cuscuta approximata var. urceolata (Kunze) Yunck.; Cuscuta cupulata Engelm.
eFlora Treatment Author: Mihai Costea & Saša Stefanović
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Cuscuta
Next taxon: Cuscuta brachycalyx
Citation for this treatment: Mihai Costea & Saša Stefanović 2017. Cuscuta approximata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=21418, accessed on April 26, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on April 26, 2017.