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Abstract

Host range study of Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. in Assam.

Abstract

The host plants of the parasitic weed Cuscuta reflexa were studied in Assam, India, since 1999. Altogether 86 species were recorded, out of which 28 were herbs, 27 shrubs, 20 trees and 11 climbers. It showed severe infestation on Bougainvillea spectabilis, Clerodendrum inerme, Moringa oleifera and Ziziphus mauritiana and moderate to severe parasitism on certain problematic weeds like Chromolaena odorata, Glochidion assamicum, Mikania micrantha and Stachytarpheta dichotoma. Thuja orientale was the only gymnosperm infested by this parasite.