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Common Name: Dodder
Cuscuta reflexa is a Perennial
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to China.
Parasitic on Desmodium spp, Rubus spp and Viburnum spp at 1700 - 2900 metres in Kashmir[
]. It is also found on Zizyphus jujube and Vitex negundo and has been known to kill these plants[
We have virtually no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. One report says that it needs cold greenhouse treatment in this country[
] but some provenances from the higher parts of its range could succeed outdoors.
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[
The seeds are alterative, anthelmintic and carminative[
]. They are used in the treatment of bilious disorders[
The stems are used in the treatment of bilious disorders[
The whole plant is purgative[
]. It is used internally in treating protracted fevers and externally in the treatment of body pains and itchy skin[
]. The plant is employed in Ayurvedic medicine to treat difficulty in urinating, jaundice, muscle pain and coughs[
]. The juice of the plant, mixed with the juice of Saccharum officinarum, is used in the treatment of jaundice[
The analysis of the plant differs according to the host it is growing on[
]. The report does not say if this makes a difference to its medicinal properties[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, by lodging it among the stems of a host plant that is being grown in a pot in the greenhouse[