[The Morning Glory Family West of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Alkali Dodder, Salicornia Dodder, Salt Marsh Dodder

Cuscuta pacifica

Synonyms: Cuscuta salina, Cuscuta salina var. major, Cuscuta subinclusa, Cuscuta subinclusa var. abbreviata

Alkali Dodder, Salicornia Dodder, Salt Marsh Dodder: Cuscuta pacifica (Synonyms: Cuscuta salina, Cuscuta salina var. major, Cuscuta subinclusa, Cuscuta subinclusa var. abbreviata)

Alkali dodder parasitizing Sarcocornia perennis and Jaumea carnosa on low sandflats at the northeastern base of the South Jetty, Fort Stevens State Park..........July 28, 2016.

Flowers of Alkali Dodder, Salicornia Dodder, Salt Marsh Dodder: Cuscuta pacifica (Synonyms: Cuscuta salina, Cuscuta salina var. major, Cuscuta subinclusa, Cuscuta subinclusa var. abbreviata) - Flowers and vining stems of Alkali Dodder, Salicornia Dodder, Salt Marsh Dodder: Cuscuta pacifica (Synonyms: Cuscuta salina, Cuscuta salina var. major, Cuscuta subinclusa, Cuscuta subinclusa var. abbreviata) - Alkali Dodder, Salicornia Dodder, Salt Marsh Dodder: Cuscuta pacifica (Synonyms: Cuscuta salina, Cuscuta salina var. major, Cuscuta subinclusa, Cuscuta subinclusa var. abbreviata)

Alkali dodder parasitizing Sarcocornia perennis and Jaumea carnosa on low sandflats at the northeastern base of the South Jetty, Fort Stevens State Park..........July 28, 2016. If you look closely at the center photo, you can see the regularly spaced, root-like haustoria on the dodder stems by which dodder parasitises its host.

Paul Slichter