Stringy South Jetty Plant Life

Image of saltmarsh dodder showing orange strings from South Jetty, mouth of Columbia River

Biologically speaking, life is all about the next generation. And that’s what appears to be going on with this orange, stringy plant life I found at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.

The plant is working hard to ensure its young take root and prosper by sending out extraordinarily long, tough, seed carrying orange tendrils to cover and perhaps choke out competing dune plants.

Anyone know what this is?

Photo by Tom Bartlett

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    1. Thanks for the ID Mary Jo! So this plant has no leaves or roots? I crawled around trying to figure out which of the plants in the area might be sending it forth – now I know why I couldn’t find a source.

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