A view over a patch of Dodder - "Cuscuta Epithymum "around Westlake Bay
Dodder is a parasitic plant, feeding off its host plant , up which it climbs with red, thread-like stems.
It can be found on a number of plants , especially on heathland, living off heather, or as here, living off gorse.
It has been called devil's hair, hellweed, strangleweed
As an annual, it germinates from seed early in the year, builds up a big root system, and then as the stems grow
and attach themselves to the host, the underground roots will die off.
Location: SX 4917 4928