Thank you for share, I have see only those green and yellow vines in my place.I've only ever seen one of these fascinating plants. I know we have at least one species here in North America, and that they're a pest, since dodder is parasitic. I certainly don't want to find any of this in my garden, but I think they are very cool. I think it's an obligate parasite, and doesn't photosynthesis at all, unlike mistletoe. I would guess that controlling this plant in your personal garden is fairly easy, but I really don't have any experience. Do you have any in your garden?
Changing topics slightly, mistletoe has some cultural significance in the west. We hang it in doorways during Christmas and tradition says if you meet somebody underneath it you're supposed to kiss. (Everybody just uses it as an excuse to kiss their sweetheart.) Also, some mistletoe species have been identified as keystone species: they have a disproportionately large role in their environment, and many other species rely on their presence to survive. Do you know if any species of dodder is similarly important culturally or ecologically?
There are few confusing questions like witch hair/dodder feed on host sap. So, does it acquire the properties(chemical) of host plant?
Even if you remove the visible parts from host it regrows again from parts inside vascular bundles of host.
Nice video, thank you for sharing, tomato plant has evolved with hairy thorn on stem against dodder attack, their germination is trigger by seed germination of host plant.This problem, of course. Dodder is, in my garden, but very little. When I do the weeding, I try to note it on the crop plants in a timely manner, and to have time to destroy. In the fall you must dig deep ground. Then the seeds can not germinate. If dodder does not receive the control and limitation, all plants should be discarded.
When my children were small, I had brought a small dodder stems without roots and put it next to another plant in a pot. Dodder start quickly grab it and it made a big impression on children. Just so that they understand that it is dangerous and difficult to kill.
Agriculture uses prophylaxis against dodder. For example, analysis seed or alteration of crop rotation.
Gangster plant, unambiguously.