Friday, August 27, 2010
Keep Your Hands Off My Dodder!
Here I am sitting quietly at Wakeena minding my own business. Trying to be as still as possible and photograph these, when who sneaks but behind me but manager Tom Shistler, and yells those very words. Needless to say I flinched.
Who sprayed Silly String all over my garden?? Dodder is a common parasitic, non-chlorophyl plant. In much the same way butterflies can detect chemicals from a plant most suitable for it's caterpillars, Dodder also senses which plants are emitting the most volatile chemicals, and grows towards that potential host.
Looking like bright copper wiring, Dodder begins to wrap around a plant. It does not hold so tightly as to choke the plant though.