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Common Name: Bigfruit Dodder
Cuscuta megalocarpa is a Perennial
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
N. America - Minnesota to Montana and south to Colorado.
Grows on various shrubs and herbs, also occasionally found on cultivated crops[
We have virtually no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country.
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[
Seed - parched and ground into a meal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, by lodging it among the stems of a host plant[