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Cuscuta salina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Cuscuta
Species: C. salina
Binomial name
Cuscuta salina

Cuscuta salina is a species of dodder known by the common name salt marsh dodder. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Baja California, where it lives in saline water habitats such as salt marshes. It is a parasitic plant, wrapping itself around wetland vegetation and tapping them for nutrients with its haustoria. This is a slender annual vine extending yellowish thready stems to wrap tightly around other plants. The leaves are rudimentary and scale-like. The dodder produces flowers with white glandular corollas. Each is bell-shaped with five pointed triangular lobes.

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