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19/08/2014 at 17:24

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 I was walking in the new forest and came across this odd red stringy plant growing all over the gorse, I have never seen it before, does anyone have any idea what it is ?!

19/08/2014 at 17:25

Dodder.

19/08/2014 at 17:27
It's a parasitic plant that feeds off its host in a similar way to mistletoe. Looks like some alien creature!
19/08/2014 at 17:29

Wow that was quick!

thank you!

19/08/2014 at 19:16

There's a wonderful time-lapse video on one of David Attenborough's Life of Plants episodes which shows Dodder growing.  The BBC have that clip available here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p0085nk0#p009c58h

I love the background music - so apt!

19/08/2014 at 19:50

I don't think I've ever heard of this before!  Quite spooky, and the clip from the bbc is fascinating.  And the first little flower that starts to open just looks as if it is a demonic smiley face!  (or that's just me being fanciful).

19/08/2014 at 19:54

I remember seeing that clip Bob

Never seen it for real though,

19/08/2014 at 19:59

I remember learning about it at school, but I've never seen it either Nut. 

19/08/2014 at 20:10

I remember the sickly sweet scent from its flowers - growing near Linton in N Devon

19/08/2014 at 20:43

Bob, thank you for that wonderful link; I also watched the 2000 year old Magnolia seed developing and the fungi releasing their spores; incredible

19/08/2014 at 20:49
It was near Lynton that I saw it too, Liriodendron! I don't remember it being in flower at the time, but it was a most peculiar sight.
19/08/2014 at 21:35

Sorry, P&P - I can usually spell, just not tonite... 

19/08/2014 at 22:29
It's ok, my dad was head chef in a hotel between Lynton and Lynmouth when I was a child, so I know the area really well! Used to love walking around the Valley of the Rocks.
20/08/2014 at 14:52

Me too.    Spent some time at Lee Abbey after I left school - long time ago!  Lovely area.

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