The Greater Dodder (Cuscuta europeae) is a parastic flowering plant in the Convolvulaceae family. It is also known as the European Dodder, Large Dodder, and Scaldweed.
It is native to Europe.
It is parasitic, growing on herbaceous plants, such as lucerne, alfalfa, honeysuckle, aster, and goldenrod. It cannot survive without a host plant, and is regarded as a pest or invasive species.
Its small leaves are not green because they lack chlorophyll, which it gets from its host plant.
It has long, thin yellowish or reddish stems.
It has inflorescences of flowers in a pink to red ball-shape.
Photographed in Paris, France, April 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls