• R. Kenneth Horst
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Dodders are seed plants parasitic on stems and other parts of cultivated or wild plants. They are leafless, orange to yellow twining vines, without chlorophyll and hence incapable of manufacturing their own food. They are called love vine, strangle weed, gold thread, hairweed, devil’s hair, devil’s ringlet, pull down, clover silk, and hell-bind, the last being most appropriate. There are about 40 species in the United States, causing serious agricultural losses in clovers, alfalfa, and flax, and becoming more and more important in gardens on ornamentals and sometimes vegetables. Dodders belong to the single genus Cuscuta, family Cuscutaceae, close to the morning-glory family.


Successful Parasite Agricultural Loss Garden Ornamental Gold Thread Slight Possibility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Kenneth Horst
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  1. 1.Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe BiologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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