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Faery Necklace Vine

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

Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:18 pm
by Steve Galehouse
James-

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

Steve

Re: Faery Necklace Vine

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

James

Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:35 pm
by Beth
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.

Beth

Re: Faery Necklace Vine

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:29 pm
by James Parton
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.

James