Plant Features: Dodder Vine

Dodder (Cuscuta Sp.) is a parasitic plant that doesn’t make its own food like most other plants. It steals all its food from other plants through suckers that grow into the other plants bark. The vine has no roots, no leaves, no chlorophyll!!!

Dodder is called strangleweed, love vine, angel’s hair and witches shoelaces and comprises a group of over 100 species.

Dodder seeds can lay dormant for almost ten years. Interestingly this parasitic plant has no connection with the ground. Once it starts growing it quickly looses any connection to the ground and relys totally on its host for nurishment.