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dodder:

see morning glorymorning glory,
common name for members of the Convolvulaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and small trees (many of them climbing forms) inhabiting warm regions, especially the tropics of America and Asia. The family is characterized by milky sap.
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dodder

any rootless parasitic plant of the convolvulaceous genus Cuscuta, lacking chlorophyll and having slender twining stems with suckers for drawing nourishment from the host plant, scalelike leaves, and whitish flowers
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Dodder is a wiry, orange vine that steals water and nutrients from other plants.
When a dodder seed sprouts, it doesn't grow roots to seek its own food.
To figure out how a type of dodder vine known to prefer tomato plants finds a victim, scientists placed dodder sprouts near several possible targets.
The experiment finally identifies a cue-scent--that draws dodder to its victims, adds Mark C.
Department of Agriculture lists dodder among the country's 10 worst weeds.
Of the 150 species of dodder, the researchers selected Cuscuta pentagona, says coauthor Justin Runyon, also of Penn State.
Using field dodder (Cuscuta campestris) as a live bridge between plants, this study investigated the movement of nutrients between tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum) parasitized by dodder.
To prevent desiccation during the attachment phase, I misted dodder cuttings with distilled water daily.