Flowers. Photo: JC Schou, Randers, Denmark

Fruiting bodies and flower. Photo: David Eickhoff, Hawaii, USA

Stems. Photo: David Eickhoff, Hawaii, USA

Plant. Photo: S Forest & Kim Starr, Hawaii, USA

Common Name

Dodder, Golden Dodder, Field Dodder




Introduced annual parasitic climbing forb.  Leafless, with yellowish stems.  Flowers often small (less than 3mm across), white to cream, tubular, with 5 (occasionally 4) lobes, in clusters to 15mm diameter along the stems.  Noxious weed in all of NSW.  Declared plant in SA.  Noxious weed Vic.

Differs from Cuscuta australis in that the tips of the flower lobes are pointed and often flexed inwards(needs at least a hand lens to see).

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 559-560

PlantNET description with line drawings of flower and fruiting body