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Cuscutaceae / Dodder
Dodder (Cuscuta )
Dodder is also known as Knotweed, Love Vine and dozens of other names..

Plant Type: This is a vine. The thin stems are yellow or orange. They are often very tangled and always clinging to other plants. Some species are perennial and others are annuals. Many are native others introduced.
Leaves: There are no leaves.
Flowers: The flower parts are not discernable with the naked eye . They are white. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into mid fall. Many have five part flowers and some have four part flowers.
Habitat: Fields, fencerows, gardens and waste places.
Range: Most of North America.

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There are over a dozen species in our area alone. All are parisitic on other plants. They live on the sap of the plants they ensnare and sometimes completely sever there own connection with the soil in which they germinated. Identifing to the species level will require tecnical manuals and a hand lens at the very least.


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Cuscutaceae
Dodder
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Cuscuta

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