Japanese Dodder (Cuscuta japonica)

Annual Climber
C. systyla.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Japanese Dodder
Cuscuta japonica
Convolvulaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A sweet, pungent herb that acts mainly as a liver and kidney stimulant[238], the seed of Japanese dodder is aphrodisiac, demulcent, diaphoretic, enuresis, hepatic and tonic[147, 176, 178, 218, 238]. A decoction of the seed is used to treat a variety of complaints including diarrhoea, vaginal discharge, enuresis, backache, constipation and impotence[218].

    The young shoots are used to treat sore eyes[218].

  • Edible Use

    Young growth, boiled and seasoned[177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, by lodging it among the stems of a host plant[238].
This is a parasitic species that is devoid of leaves, roots or chlorophyll and so is totally dependant upon its host[238]. It must be grown next to the host plant, which it penetrates with suckers in order to obtain nutriment[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -15¡c[238]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around other plants[238].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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