Species Details

Cuscuta pacifica var. papillata

Mendocino dodder

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Scientific Name:
Cuscuta pacifica Costea & M. Wright var. papillata (Yunck.) Costea & M. Wright
Common Name:
Mendocino dodder
Family: Convolvulaceae
Element Code: PDCUS011A2
USDA Plants Symbol:
Synonyms/Other Names:
Lifeform: annual vine (parasitic)
Blooming Period: (Jun)Jul-Oct
0 - 50 meters
0 - 165 feet
General Habitats:
  • Coastal dunes (interdune depressions)
Microhabitat Details:
Rediscovered at Point Arena in 2011 by R. Korhummel. Many historical occurrences may be extirpated; need field surveys. Possibly threatened by non-native plants and shoreline retreat. Known to occur on Gnaphalium, Silene, and Lupinus spp. in MEN Co.; and on Polycarpon tetraphyllum and Calystegia purpurata ssp. saxicola with Sanicula arctopoides nearby in SON Co. Similar to C. pacifica var. pacifica and C. salina. See C. salina var. papillata in The Jepson Manual (1993). Treated as extirpated in TJM 2. See Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 69(7):541-543 (1942) for original description and Systematic Botany 34(4):787-795 (2009) for taxonomic treatment.
Total Occurrences: 5
Element Occurrence Ranks:
0 0 0 0 1 4
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 4
Recent <=20 Years 1
Presumed Extant 4
Possibly Extirpated 1
Presumed Extirpated 0
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
California (CA)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Mendocino (MEN), Sonoma (SON)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Bodega Head (3812331), Fort Bragg (3912347), Gualala (3812375), Mendocino (3912337), Point Arena (3812386)
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.
Presumed Extant
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