Golden dodder: help weed out plant invader in Sawyers Valley


Keep a look out for the golden dodder weed.
Golden dodder: help weed out plant invader in Sawyers Valley
Keep a look out for the golden dodder weed.

PEOPLE have been asked to look out for the parasitic weed golden dodder after it was found growing in a Sawyers Valley garden.

The Department of Agriculture and Food recently received a report that the destructive weed had appeared among seedlings several months after they were bought from a gardening centre and planted.

Department biosecurity research officer Sandy Lloyd said it was likely the golden dodder seeds had arrived with the seedlings.

“Golden dodder obtains all of its nourishment from host plants, of which there are known to be more than 90 different species,” Ms Lloyd said.

She said the seeds of golden dodder could survive for up to five years in soil.

Golden dodder has smooth, thread-like stems about one millimetre thick, and it’s also known as ‘angel’s hair’ because of its appearance.

The stems twine around host plants and are usually coloured orange-yellow.

The flowers are about three millimetres wide, ball shaped, and creamy white or pink.

People can report golden dodder and other unusual weeds on freecall 1800 084 881 or email info@agric.wa.gov.au.

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