Monday 28 May 2012

The Parasitic Dodder

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A spindly orange vine known as dodder is a particularly striking example of dynamic plant life.
Dodder is a parasite - it lives off of other plants. Instead of waiting around for a suitable host, the vine hunts one down. The vine sniffs out its hosts, growing toward telltale chemicals released by its neighbors. Eventually it sinks tiny nozzles into the plant to suck out vital juices.

(via Neatorama)

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