Dodder, Cuscuta epithymum Family: Convolvulaceae
Cuscuta epithymum     *     Dodder

Flowering time: June-October. Parasitic annual climber.

Habitat: No green chlorophyll is produced so it is totally parasitic on heather, gorse, birds-foot-trefoil and clovers. Can be locally common in southern England, less frequent to rare elsewhere.

The plant forms a mass of twining red stems with the leaves reduced to tiny scales. Very small pinkish-white flowers are produced in dense clusters, 5-petalled with projecting stamens.

Dodder, Cuscuta epithymum

Dodder, Cuscuta epithymum
Dodder, Cuscuta epithymum
Studland, Dorset. September 2012

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