Dodder is also called Love Vine, Angel's Hair, Tangle-gut,
Strangleweed and Witches' Shoelaces.
This member of the Morning Glory Family is a parasitic,
smooth annual. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, edges of lakes,
marshes, and streams. Particularly, it will attack any chlorophyllous
plant. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The plant has no leaves. Fruit is a capsule.
The flowers are panicle-like clusters. Each flower is bisexual
in nature and symmetrical in form. The calyx is 5-parted; the
corolla is bell-shaped, fringed in white or greenish-white. Flowers
occur in the summer.
Plants of Dodder start growth from seed, at first forming
small roots in the soil but quickly attaching themselves to a
host plant. Sinking minute disks into the tissue of a host, the
true roots of Dodder then shrivel and die, leaving it to obtain
all its nutrients from the host. Any plant attacked by Dodder
is doomed and will die unless the intruder is removed from the