[Fosc] The Bright Yellow Invader is Back!

Kimra McAfee coordinator at sausalcreek.org
Fri Feb 7 10:53:55 PST 2014


Hi Friends of Sausal Creek,

After an 8-year absence of nearby sightings, the invasive parasitic vine 
Japanese dodder (/Cuscuta japonica/) has reappeared close to the Sausal 
Creek Watershed.  FOSC-folk were great at spotting occurrences the last 
time, so here's another call to action.

Japanese dodder is a bright yellow, leafless vine that sucks its 
nutrients from many, many species of plants.  It's much bigger and 
faster-growing than local native dodders.  And the local dodders are 
orange.  Check out the current infestation on E. 28th Street, right at 
21st Avenue to see what Japanese dodder looks like as it covers a coast 
live oak and a fence full of ivy.  Scary stuff!  See photos at 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23034905@N05/sets/72157640435280414/ .

If you spot something that you suspect is Japanese dodder, send an email 
to me at coordinator at sausalcreek.org and someone from FOSC will come 
check the site.  Be sure to include exact instructions for finding it 
and your contact info.  A photo would be great.  FOSC will visit the 
site, verify the finding, and do the required reporting.

Thank you,
Kimra


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Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
P.O. Box 2737
Oakland, CA 94602

ph:  510.501.FOSC (3672)
e-mail: coordinator at sausalcreek.org
web: www.sausalcreek.org
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