<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Common Dodder

 

 
Common Dodder
 

 

Common Dodder is a parasitic plant, feeding off its host plant up which it climbs with red, threadlike stems. As an annual, it germinates from seed early in the year, builds up a big root system, and then as the stems grow and attach themselves to the host, the underground roots will die off. Clusters of small, pink flowers develop along the stems, but the leaves are no more than tiny scales.

The plant can be found on heathland, living off heather, or on downland living off gorse or anything else that it can find. Widespread, though found mainly in the south of England, decreasing further north. In flower from midsummer to early autumn.

 

 

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