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Re: Re: CULT: alien weed - Cuscuta

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: alien weed - Cuscuta
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 14:30:17 -0500

Oops -- yeah!  Now that we learn that it PENETRATES the host plant, NO,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris photos" <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 12:42 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: alien weed - Cuscuta

> Lots of species of dodder (Cuscuta) are native, some not.  It's related
> to morning glory, but is parasitic.  Because part of the dodder is
> <inside> the host plant, just removing the visible part of the dodder
> <vine> won't get rid of it.
> I don't know what Roundup and other systemic plant poisons would do -
> might be translocated from the dodder to the host plant and kill both.
> Only sure disposal method I know is burning - both dodder and host
> plant.  Fragments will resprout.
> I don't remember ever having it in my garden, but see it occasionally
> out in fields.  The species I've seen must not be too successful - never
> much of it or in very large patches, & I don't remember seeing it in the
> same places from year to year.
> Web surf turned up interesting tidbit that it was used in pre-Columbian
> times as a dye in Mexico.
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
> East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
> American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
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> photos archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/>
> online R&I <http://www.irisregister.com>
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