Greater Dodder
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Greater Dodder
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Greater Dodder
Botanical name: Cuscuta europaea var. indica    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)

Greater Dodder is a leafless parasitical vine with yellowish to purplish threadlike stems. It attaches itself to some other plant, as to flax, goldenrod, etc., and decaying at the root, is nourished by the plant that supports it. The flowers are small, waxy and arranged in globular heads. Greater dodder is observed to twine on different plant species. In India it occurs in temperate Himalaya from Kashmir to Sikkim up to an altitude of 3600 m. Greater dodder is now considered an emerging threat to plant diversity of Valley of Flowers

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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