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Genus: Cuscuta

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Solanales > Family: Convolvulaceae

Parasites. About 140 species, widespread in warmer regions, with 12 species native to southern Africa. In addition, three species are naturalised in the region, two of which are declared Category 1 invasive plants in South Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cuscuta africana


Cuscuta angulata


Cuscuta appendiculata


Cuscuta australis


Cuscuta bifurcata


Cuscuta cassytoides


Cuscuta gerrardii


Cuscuta hyalina


Cuscuta kilimanjari


Cuscuta natalensis


Cuscuta nitida


Cuscuta planiflora


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Cuscuta campestris

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cuscuta epithymum


Cuscuta suaveolens



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