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James Parton
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Faery Necklace Vine

Post by James Parton » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:15 am

ENTS,

While hiking Flat Laurel Creek last Saturday, my sister Becky brought to my attention an orange leafless vine sporting numerous tiny white flowers. This twining vine was nearly everywhere in open areas. She called it the " Faery Necklace Vine " which I found very fitting. Like her, I could imagine tiny pixies weaving these vines into tiny flowered necklaces. Anyway, can anyone in ENTS identify this vine so I can find out more about it. For one thing I never saw leaves. I presume they are shed before flowering. And I must add that the flowers had a light baby-powder like fragrance.

James
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Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Post by Steve Galehouse » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:18 pm

James-

It's dodder, a noxious weed, Cuscuta spp.

Steve
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Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Post by James Parton » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:42 pm

Steve,

Thanks for identifying this plant for me. I can see why the plant could be a problem. It has a very spreading habit and upon looking it up I found out why at lacks leaves. It is a parasite of other plants. I can't ever recall seeing this plant before. The specific species seems to be Cuscuta Campestris.

Check out the links on Dodder I have attached here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuscuta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuscuta_campestris

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Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Post by Beth » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:35 pm

thank you both, James for posting the question and to Steve for the answer. I was wondering what was growing in an area in my backyard. Now I know.

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Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Post by James Parton » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:29 pm

Beth,

Though destructive and no doubt in some areas invasive the plant is actually quite fascinating. The way it parasitizes other plants for survival. I wondered why it lacked leaves. It's closest relatives are the non-parasitic Morning Glories.

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