- Scientific Name: Cuscuta japonica Choisy
- Ref: Zoll. Syst. Verz. Ind. Archip. Pflanz. 2: 130, 134. 1854.
- Synonyms: Cuscuta colorans Maximowicz;
C. japonica var. paniculata Engelmann;
C. japonica var. thyrsoidea Engelmann;
C. reflexa Roxburgh var. densiflora Bentham.
- Chinese Common Name:金灯藤 jin deng teng
- Family: Convolvulaceae
- Genus: Cuscuta
- Distribution: On herbs and shrubs. Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Japan, Korea, Russia, Vietnam]
Stems yellow or often with purplish spots, slightly stout, 1-2 mm in diam., many branched. Inflorescences spicate, ca. 3 cm; bracts and bracteoles scalelike, broadly ovate, ca. 2 mm. Flowers subsessile. Calyx cupular, ca. 2 mm, deeply divided; sepals ovate to circular, equal or unequal, purplish tuberculate abaxially, apex acute. Corolla pink or greenish white, campanulate to tubular, 3-7 mm, shallowly 5-lobed; lobes erect or reflexed, ovate-triangular, much shorter than tube, apex obtuse. Stamens inserted at throat; anthers yellow, ovate-circular; filaments very short or absent; scales oblong, fimbriate, reaching middle of tube. Ovary globose, smooth. Style 1, longer than or as long as ovary; stigma elongated. Capsule ovoid, ca. 5 mm, circumscissile near base. Seeds 1-3, brown, 2-2.5 mm, smooth. Fl. Aug, fr. Sep. (Flora of China)