Noxious weed threatens vegetation

 

Heidi Bunch
The dodder affects plants by altering their composition and function in riparian areas.

Mineral County has a long list of noxious weeks, including the dodder that is pictured.

This parasitic plant is capable of growing in many soil types, environments and in many conditions.

The dodder affects plants by altering their composition and function in riparian areas.

It can threaten native vegetation by killing host seedlings or making the host susceptible to diseases.

The dodder has slender, twining type stems that can be yellow to orange in color.

Once the plant goes to seed, it is almost impossible to remove as it becomes resistant to burning.

If you have this plant on your property, remove dodder and host plant immediately, place in a plastic bag prior to throwing in the trash.

If you spy dodder outside of town limits, contact Sean Gephart, Noxious Weed Coordinator at 775-353-3640.

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