Dodder at Jennings Prairie, 4 August 2018 (photo by Kate St. John)

This yellow vine — called dodder (Cuscuta sp.) — wraps itself around other plants, inserts its “teeth” into a host, and sucks out water and nutrients. Yes, dodder is a parasite but it doesn’t kill its host. It might even be performing a service.

Learn how dodder finds a host, benefits from fungi, and may help the hosts protect themselves in this 13 minute video by Adam Haritan at Learn Your Land.

(photo by Kate St. John, video by Adam Haritan at Learn Your Land)

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