Dodder
Cuscuta sp.



Plant

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Family: Convulvaceae, Morning Glory Family
Annual
Plant Size: Generally a mass of about 6-10'(3 M) in diameter in our area.
Blooms in: Summer
Habitat Preferred: Roadsides, fields
Photo(s) taken at: Clarkdale
Bloom Color: White or Yellow, depending on condition and species
Other Common Names:
Origin: Native
Comments: Dodder is a leafless, rootless, parasitic plant that winds its way through the host plant, stcking to it with tiny suckers that draw nutrients from the host plant. It can do considerable damage to some crops.
Further Reference & Sources: "Arizona Flora", Kearney, Peebles, et. al., Univ. of California Press, 1951 w/1960 supp.;   "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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