Pest Profile

Field Dodder
Cuscuta spp.

Pest Description

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Dodder has slender, twining or threadlike stems that vary from pale green to yellow or bright orange; the bright stems can be readily seen against the foliage of the host plants.

Native dodder can be leafless or have small, scalelike, triangular leaves about 1/16 inch long. The bell-shaped flowers are cream colored and about 1/8 inch long; they usually occur in clusters but occasionally are borne singly. Each flower produces a seed capsule with 2 to 3 seeds. Seeds have rough coats and vary in size depending on species but generally are about 1/16 inch in diameter. Seedlings are yellowish, threadlike, rootless, leafless stems.


Pest photo source

Dr. Dallas Peterson, Agronomy, KSU