Pretty Dodder, Love Vine, Angel’s Hair, Tangle-gut, Strangleweed, Witches’ Shoelaces
Cuscuta indecora Choisy
Dodder is a parasitic vine that can be found in the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains areas. It lives on several different hosts, such as woody or herbaceous plants. This leafless, rootless parasite has orangish-yellow stems that twine around it’s host plant. Small disks help it to attach itself to the host so that it can get nutrients for survival, sometimes killing small herbaceous hosts. It flowers in April and May with small, white fleshy flowers less than 1/8 inch long.
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