Name: Chaparral Dodder

(California Dodder) (Witch's Hair)

(Cuscuta californica)

Family: Morning Glory (convolvulaceae)
Flowering Season: August thru October
Notes:The name "witch's hair" comes from its stringy appearance. Because it does not contain chlorophyll, it is a yellowish-orange in color. The dodder sprouts from a seed in the soil. If it touches a green plant within a few days, it drops its roots and forms haustoria at the contact point(s). The haustoria invade the green plant to obtain nutrition.

Photographs by Gabi McLean
Dodder (Witch's Hair) - (Cuscuta californica)