[Fosc] The Bright Yellow Invader is Back!
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
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.
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
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