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Common Name: Japanese Dodder
Cuscuta japonica is a Annual Climber up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Parasitic on shrub branches[
] in lowland and low mountains all over Japan[
This is a parasitic species that is devoid of leaves, roots or chlorophyll and so is totally dependant upon its host[
]. It must be grown next to the host plant, which it penetrates with suckers in order to obtain nutriment[
Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[
A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around other plants[
Young growth, boiled and seasoned[
A sweet, pungent herb that acts mainly as a liver and kidney stimulant[
], the seed of Japanese dodder is aphrodisiac, demulcent, diaphoretic, enuresis, hepatic and tonic[
]. A decoction of the seed is used to treat a variety of complaints including diarrhoea, vaginal discharge, enuresis, backache, constipation and impotence[
The young shoots are used to treat sore eyes[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, by lodging it among the stems of a host plant[