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

The Greater Dodder or the European dodder (Cuscuta europaea) is a parasitic plant native to Europe, which belongs to the family Convolvulaceae, but was formerly classified in the family Cuscutaceae. It is notably a parasite of lucerne.

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C. europaea is reported to contain 30,000 ppm phlobaphens in the root[1].


  1. ^ Hager's Handbuch der Pharmazeutischen Praxis, List, P.H. and Horhammer, L., Vols. 2-6, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1969-1979


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