Species within a genus
cuscuta, = Latin for dodder; derived from Arabic.
niteo, = to shine, look bright, glitter glisten; of plants, to look flourishing, thriving, to thrive; -idus, = indicates a state or action in progress (‘-ish’). nitidus, = shining, glittering, bright, polished, clear; of plants, blooming, fertile, luxuriant. (shining; having a smooth, even polished surface; as many leaves)