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Dodder wrapped around stem
of another plant


Cuscuta gronovii

Common Name of Species: Dodder, Love Tangle
Family:
Convolvulaceae 


Entry Author:  C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
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.

References:
Niering, W.A., Olmstead, N.C, & Thieret, J.W. (2001). National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers Eastern Region (Revised Edition).  New York: Random House Inc.

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, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/16/05