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“Diabolical Dodder”

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Read the hot-off-the-presses article “Diabolical Dodder” on the website of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 23, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Posted in nature photography

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  1. It was a fun read, filled with lore I’d never heard. Now, I’m going to have to take a better look at the dodder I see here and there — not to mention keeping an eye out for people who’ve turned to the Geoponica for advice on eliminating the plant.


    May 23, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    • If you come across any people following the Geoponica’s advice, let me know and I’ll rush over to do some environmental portraiture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM

  2. Fascinating article! I love the weaving together of all the strands….

    Marcia Levy

    May 23, 2017 at 7:59 AM

  3. Fascinating plant, in a horrifying sort of way. never heard of it before, a quick websearch shows “rare in cool temperate climates” so thank heavens. And our spring weather in NY is usually too cool for some of these intemperate weeding techniques, more’s the pity.

    Robert Parker Teel

    May 23, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    • But with warming temperatures in the years ahead, you might luck out and see some maidens dispelling dodder in the fields of New York. More’s the pity if that doesn’t come to pass.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2017 at 8:14 AM

      • Maybe we can spread the rumor that it works on crabgrass and garlic mustard, too! All the golf courses will hire Lady Godiva’s, this is great news!

        Robert Parker Teel

        May 23, 2017 at 8:29 AM

        • With all the other rumors going around these days, you might as well add one that works to your benefit.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 23, 2017 at 8:32 AM

  4. We have a few populations of dodder here, of a couple of different species. In natural areas it is native and non-invasive, believe it or not, so weeding ceremonies are performed. But if there were perhaps we could persuade Venus on the half shell to do it.


    May 23, 2017 at 9:43 AM

  5. Excellent article, Steve. I wish I’d seen this Reply option months ago. I so enjoy your posts, but can’t get the Comments section to work — can’t remember my password and can’t change it unless I remember it.

    Jenny, a Texan (last In Austin) now transplanted to New Zealand

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    May 23, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    • I imagine that at times the local plants that appear here make you homesick for Texas. On the other hand, New Zealand has grand scenery that central Texas can’t come close to. Lately in this blog you’ve gotten doses of each.

      I empathize with you about finding mistakes in language. Even in art museums, with educated people working there, I almost always find at least a few mistakes in the informational plaques accompanying the artworks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 23, 2017 at 6:28 PM

  6. Such an interesting read Steve .. I’ve never heard of this plant


    May 27, 2017 at 2:04 AM

    • Until I got interested in the native plants near me, I’d never heard of dodder either, even though species of it are common in many parts of the world.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 27, 2017 at 7:11 AM

  7. I’ve heard of this vampire plant before. Great photo and thank you for the link! I enjoyed the article.

    Lavinia Ross

    May 29, 2017 at 10:06 AM

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