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from Clemson University Regulatory and Public Service Programs, web site at: http://entweb.clemson.edu/caps/state/survey/eradicat/cus/cus.htm
Japanese Dodder, Cuscuta japonica Choisy, a robust parasitic species was first collected on 12 October 1971 in the Horticultural Gardens at Clemson University on Pueraria (Kudzu). Specimens were forwarded to Kew, England where Dr. Bernard Verdcourt at Kew made the positive determination. Dr. John E. Fairey published the find in Castanea 42:98, 1977. This find represented the third report of this usual Asiatic species in the New World The first two occurrences were:
1941 - it was found on Pueraria inside a greenhouse in San Antonio, Texas.
1943 - it was found on Pueraria near Quincy, Gadsden Co., Florida.
This plant, parasitic to legumes, infested approximately two acres of Kudzu, Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi, located on the Clemson University Horticultural Garden property.
First identified in 1971, this dodder went untreated until 1991 when The USDA, APHIS personnel decided to eradicate this pest from South Carolina.
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Last updated on Wednesday, November 05, 2003 at 01:31 PM
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