Nature Walk: Dodder
Dodder is a parasitic plant that appears like an enormous batch of wet spaghetti draped over and wrapped around other plants such as the wild bergamot we see here. It sprouts from seeds in the soil and its survival depends on finding a host plant. It is a member of the morning glory family but unlike the trumpet-shaped morning glory it has a dense cluster of tiny white flowers. When the flowers were examined they were filled with thrips, minute insects barely visible to the human eye.
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