Cuscuta sp.

image of dodder infesting a cucurbit

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Dodder is a parasitic seed plant. It is yellow, completely lacking the ability to produce its own food. The thread-like stems grow rapidly to cover the entire plant (or plants), eventually girdling some stems and reducing the vigor of the host.

The most effective control is to remove and destroy the dodder plants before they become established and produce seeds.

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Publication Revised July 2009

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