Common Name of Species: Dodder,
Entry Author: C. Friedl,
Description: Dodder can be identified by it’s bright orange stems, noticeable absence of leaves, and small white clustered flowers. Dodder is a parasitic plant, meaning that it does not grow on its own, but rather wraps around the stalks of other plants.
Leaves: Dodder has no leaves.
Flowers: Tiny, white, bell shaped clustered flowers. Each flower is approximately 1/8 of an inch wide. Flower clusters are very dense.
Stem: Stems vary from yellowish orange to bright orange, and are vine-like. Stems are not rooted into the ground, rather they are parasitic and attach onto other plant stems for stability and nutrients.
Height: No specific height or length of vines.
Branching Pattern of Leaves: Dodder has no leaves.
Conditions/Habitat: Will attach to a great variety of plants, most of which grow in moist/wet meadows and thickets.
Range: Eastern half of North America.
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Newcomb, Lawrence (1977). Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. New York: Little, Brown.
McKenny, M. & Peterson R.T. (1996). Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/ North-central North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.
This page was created by: C. Friedl,
Last updated 12/16/05