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Dodder Dodder is a true obligate parasite: the host plant receives no benefit from the dodder and dodder must have a host plant to survive. Dodder appears leafless (it does have small scales) and lacks sufficient chlorophyll to produce any significant amount of its own food. It attaches to a host plant with small, root-like appendages called haustoria which allow it to extract carbohydrates, water, and nutrients. It is usually a golden color, but can also be tinged with red or purple. Cuscuta denticulata,Geotagged,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Dodder

Dodder is a true obligate parasite: the host plant receives no benefit from the dodder and dodder must have a host plant to survive. Dodder appears leafless (it does have small scales) and lacks sufficient chlorophyll to produce any significant amount of its own food. It attaches to a host plant with small, root-like appendages called haustoria which allow it to extract carbohydrates, water, and nutrients. It is usually a golden color, but can also be tinged with red or purple.

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''Cuscuta denticulata'', commnly known as desert dodder or small-toothed dodder, is a thin, yellow to orange, parasitic annual vine in the morning glory family , native to the deserts of the south-western United States and northern Mexico.

Similar species: Solanales
Species identified by Stephen Philips
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Uploaded Apr 21, 2020. Captured in Catalina, AZ 85739, USA.