Five-angled Dodder

Cuscuta pentagona Engelm.

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Dicotyledoneae (Dicots)
Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)
State Protection
A plant listed as Rare by New York State. Removal or damage without the consent of the landowner is prohibited.
Federal Protection
Not Listed
State Conservation Status Rank
Vulnerable in New York - Vulnerable to disappearing from New York due to rarity or other factors (but not currently imperiled); typically 21 to 80 populations or locations in New York, few individuals, restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or recent and widespread declines.
Global Conservation Status Rank
Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - Uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign either G4 or G5.


State Ranking Justification

There are 25 verified occurrences, 12 historical occurrences. Probably more common in Lower Hudson and New York City area.

Conservation and Management



New York State Distribution

Widely scattered throughout New York south of the Adirondacks. New York is near the northern edge of the range.

Global Distribution

This parasitic plant occurs in almost every state from the West Coast to the East Coast except for Wyoming, Vermont, and Maine. Its northeastern limit is reached in New York and New England.

Identification Comments

  • Flowering
  • Fruiting

The time of year you would expect to find Five-angled Dodder flowering and fruiting in New York.


Five-angled Dodder
Cuscuta pentagona Engelm.

  • Kingdom Plantae
    • Phylum Anthophyta
      • Class Dicotyledoneae (Dicots)
        • Order Solanales
          • Family Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)

Additional Common Names

  • Field dodder


  • Cuscuta campestris Yuncker

Comments on the Classification

Other varieties are now separate species. Published in SIDA 22(1): 151-175. Taxonomy of the Cuscuta pentagona complex (Convolvulaceae) in North America.

Additional Resources


Costea, Mihai, Guy Nesom and Sasa Stefanovic. 2006. Taxonomy of the Cuscuta pentagona complex (Convolvulaceae) in North America. SIDA 22 (1): 151-175.

Mitchell, Richard S. and Gordon C. Tucker. 1997. Revised Checklist of New York State Plants. Contributions to a Flora of New York State. Checklist IV. Bulletin No. 490. New York State Museum. Albany, NY. 400 pp.

New York Natural Heritage Program. 2024. New York Natural Heritage Program Databases. Albany, NY.


About This Guide

This guide was authored by: Stephen M. Young

Information for this guide was last updated on: September 6, 2012

Please cite this page as:
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2024. Online Conservation Guide for Cuscuta pentagona. Available from: Accessed May 26, 2024.