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Dodder

Cuscuta sp.

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14 Comments

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

That Devil's Claw is quite a plant. I'd be interested in having a look at the seeds if you manage to find some ripe pods.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

@ Scott ,i thought that this might interest you.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/642...
I am quite curious to open this seed pod . Because inside the seed pod are seeds which are skull shaped! just compliments the name of the plant!

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

Well, it wouldn't hurt to look around for flowers, or whatever fruit/seed structures dodder puts out. I don't think I've ever noticed fruits of any sort. Could be interesting.

Geodialist
Geodialist 10 years ago

Thanks for your help in ID-ing Jewelweed as the host plant in my Dodder spotting, Scott! I updated my spotting accordingly, and added a reference to your beautiful photo of Dodder flowers. I see you spotted the flowers in early October -- do you think the Dodder in my area could be still in bloom?

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 10 years ago

Great shot of the flowers! I'll have to pay more attention to large areas of jewelweed now! :)

marylou.wildlife
marylou.wildlife 10 years ago

Nice spotting! I have never seen the flowers before... very cool!

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

great spotting!

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

I'm pretty sure that's jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, in your photo. Many of the stems of the plants in the thicket I photographed were orange, but there were plenty of greenish ones. Around here Impatiens seems to be a major host for dodder.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 10 years ago

Colour is not such a dependable characteristic for id of Cuscuta species. The same species can come in many colours. Nice shot Scott, I know from experience these are not easy flowers to capture.

Geodialist
Geodialist 10 years ago

Seriously, the green plants in my photo are Jewelweed? Who knew? You're sure? (If so, then I'll update my spotting.) At the time I photographed the Dodder, I had never seen Jewelweed. Since then, I discovered Jewelweed is a very cool plant! http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/734... That said, I don't think I'd recognize Jewelweed unless it's flowering. And I certainly can't ID Dodder to species level! What I meant is my Dodder looks orange; yours, not so much. Perhaps yours looks greenish because you're so close to the subject -- did your Dodder look orange from a distance of say a few feet?

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

Yours is growing on Impatiens, as was mine, so they might be the same species. I've never tried to ID dodder at the species level, though.

Geodialist
Geodialist 10 years ago

Hey Scott! Is your Dodder the same as mine? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/762...
I didn't know Dodder flowers until I read the Wikipedia entry for Cuscuta. My first thought: I should try to photograph Dodder flowers next year. By coincidence, your spotting appears as a "Related spottings" for mine.

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

The flowers are tiny and I had to look around for a nice cluster to photograph. They're related to morning glories!

MickGrant
MickGrant 10 years ago

Interesting, not seen it flower! Good shot.

ScottRasmussen
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ScottRasmussen

Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2010
Submitted on Sep 23, 2011

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