Botanical name: Cuscuta europaea var. indica Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Greater Dodder is a leafless parasitical vine with yellowish and pinkish threadlike stems. It attaches itself to some other plant, as to flax, goldenrod, etc., and decaying at the root, is nourished by the plant that supports it. The flowers are small, waxy and arranged in globular heads. Greater dodder is observed to twine on different plant species. In India it occurs in temperate Himalaya from Kashmir to Sikkim up to an altitude of 3600 m. Greater dodder is now considered an emerging threat to plant diversity of Valley of Flowers
Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
The flower labeled Greater Dodder is ...