Cuscuta is easily identifiable green-yellow coloured, leafless, parasitic twining stem which tangles on the host plant with it countless branches and draws its nutrition.
It has no chlorophyll and cannot make its own food by photosynthesis. Once attached, the plants lives its entire life on host plant without any attachment to the soil.
The stems and branches of cuscuta are fleshy, its flowers are small, fruits are small and contains 2-4 seeds.
The flowering time is April to July.
In India it is distributed throughout the country up to 3000 m.