Monday, 27 July 2009

Gorse parasitised by Hellweed

More usually known as Dodder, Cuscuta epithymum is a parasitic plant that lacks chlorophyll entirely.

Rhi noticed it parasitising Gorse (Ulex europaeus) on the coast of St. Brides Bay in Pembrokeshire.

I particullarly like the name Hellweed as it recalled to me H.G. Wells' description of the martian red-weed in his book "War of the Worlds".

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