California dodder, a common stem parasite in California that typically parasitizes host shrubs. Dodders resemble tangled masses of orange spaghetti covering shrubs. Dodder is without chlorophyll and are nonphotosynthetic and is therefor an obligate parasite dependent on its host for water and nutrients through a root system that penetrates the stem tissue of the host.
Species: California dodder, Cuscuta californica
Image ID: 11333
California fuschia, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California. A member of the primrose family. Local tribes occasionally ate seeds of this species, while leaves and roots were sometimes boiled and eaten. Settlers gathered seeds and used them as a natural remedy for a variety of illnesses, effectively, since this species contains gamma-linoleic acid.
Species: California fuschia, Epilobium cana
Location: Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California
Image ID: 11334