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Common Dodder
Cuscuta gronovii

Dodders are easily recognized by the yellow-orange stems that look like a tangle of thread. They have no leaves. Dodders are parasitic plants; they attach to a host plant and suck nutrients from it. Seeds sprout in the soil, but the plant loses all connection with the soil after it attaches to its host plant. Connecticut has nine species of dodder, which are distinguished by tiny differences in their flower structure.

• Family: Dodder (Cuscutaceae)
• Habitat: moist thickets, fields, roadsides
• Height: 6-18"
• Flower size: 1/8 inch across
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: July to October
• Origin: native

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Cuscuta gronovii
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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.