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morning 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. The largest groups are the predominantly tropical morning-glory genus (Ipomoea), with species most abundant in Mexico, and the bindweed genus (Convolvulus) of more temperate regions. Many bindweeds are also called morning glory. Species of both are chiefly herbaceous vines of prolific growth and with colorful funnel-shaped blossoms that often open only in the morning. I. purpurea is the morning glory cultivated as an ornamental in North America. The moonflowers (including I. alba), tropical American night-blooming vines, have similarly shaped but much larger blossoms, often heavily fragrant. Convolvulus scammonia is the scammony of Asia Minor; a resin exuded from its roots is exported from Aleppo and Smyrna as a medicine. The most important commercial plant of the family, the sweet potato, belongs to the morning-glory genus. The wild sweet potato or potato vine (I. pandurata), a common weed of North America, is not eaten. The dodders (genus Cuscuta, formerly classified as a separate family) are common leafless, parasitic vines that often resemble bright orange threads. Each of the widely distributed species parasitizes a specific host; C. epilinum, for example, lives on flax. The morning-glory family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Solanales.

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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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The growing dodder haustorium not only exerts force but also releases enzymes that weaken the bean's tissue.
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The sample of Dodder (Cuscuta reflexa) were collected from the Gardens of NF Railway Headquarter at Maligaon growing wildly on a Hedge plant, Clerodendrum enermi.
"This is very exciting from the point of view of controlling parasitic plants," comments James Westwood of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, who reported last year that some RNA molecules from pumpkin and tomato were indeed transferred to dodder. "You could use the RNA interference strategy to really elegantly control dodder on some crops."
Once it reaches the plant, the dodder latches onto its victim.
* Destroy dodder. This parasitic weed usually infests agricultural crops, but it can become a pest in home gardens.
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The disappearing coastal salt marsh habitat of California has a small number of native, specialized plant species, which include a native plant parasite, alkali dodder (Cuscut salina).
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