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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Solanales
Family: Cuscutaceae
Genus: Cuscuta
  • C. americana
  • C. applanata
  • C. approximata
  • C. attenuata
  • C. boldinghii
  • C. brachycalyx
  • C. californica
  • C. cassytoides
  • C. ceanothi
  • C. cephalanthi
  • C. compacta
  • C. coryli
  • C. corylii
  • C. cuspidata
  • C. decipiens
  • C. dentatasquamata
  • C. denticulata
  • C. epilinum
  • C. epithymum
  • C. erosa
  • C. europaea
  • C. exaltata
  • C. fasciculata
  • C. globulosa
  • C. glomerata
  • C. gronovii
  • C. harperi
  • C. howelliana
  • C. indecora
  • C. indesora
  • C. japonica
  • C. jepsoni
  • C. leptantha
  • C. megalocarpa
  • C. mitriformis
  • C. obtusiflora
  • C. odontolepis
  • C. pentagona
  • C. plattensis
  • C. polygonorum
  • C. potosina
  • C. potosona
  • C. reflexa
  • C. rostrata
  • C. runyonii
  • C. salina
  • C. sandwichiana
  • C. squamata
  • C. suaveolens
  • C. suksdorfii
  • C. tuberculata
  • C. umbellata
  • C. vivipara
  • C. warneri
Ref: ITIS 30710
as of 2002-05-30
Dodder (Cuscuta) is a parasitic plant, the only genus in the family Cuscutaceae (sometimes placed in the family Convolvulaceae) in the order Solanales. A dodder seed sprouts, grows a short root and a long stem, and starts searching for a host. When it finds one, it twines around the host stem and sends roots in, called haustoria. It grows branches, which twine around neighboring stems, resulting in what looks like a mess of spaghetti. Dodder has no chlorophyll, so it must find a host or die.

The Dodder (Irish An Dothra), is also the name of a Dublin, Ireland river which flows from Tallaght through Templeogue, Milltown, Clonskeagh, Donnybrook, Ballsbridge and Ringsend before entering the Liffey.