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Buttonbush Dodder has a fairly typical appearance for the parasitic vines of this genus, although it is somewhat unusual in having 4-parted flowers (4-lobed corollas, 4-lobed calyces, and 4 stamens), rather than 5-parted flowers (5-lobed corollas, 5-lobed calyces, 5 stamens). Unlike other dodder species (Cuscuta spp.) with 4-parted flowers, the corolla lobes of Buttonbush Dodder usually spread outward rather than remain erect. Thus, it is a fairly easy species to identify during the blooming period. Some taxonomists have placed dodder species in the Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae).

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