Plant ID forum: What is this tiny vine

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Columbus OH
jcgirton
Jul 23, 2017 1:54 PM CST
We have this tiny vine growing on plants that have been potted, not on any plants in the ground - it doesn't seem to be growing out of the soil but out of the plant stems, it also looks like it has berries, can someone tell me what it is? I've attached photos
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Welcome!

It a parasitic plant called Cuscuta. It starts in the soil but grows over plants and roots into their stems. After it is well rooted in your plant, it breaks the connection with the soil and gets all needed nutrients from whatever plant it is attached to. There's not much you can do but limit the spread by disposing of the plants its already attacked and watch the soil for new plants.
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Columbus OH
jcgirton
Jul 23, 2017 2:10 PM CST
You're brilliant! Thank you! Thank You!
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plantmanager
Jul 23, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Thank you, Daisy! I've noticed that in a few places we've lived, and never had any hope of an ID.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2017 2:29 PM CST
JC, No not brilliant but Thank You! for thinking so. Smiling

Carol, If you see any, be brave and go touch it. It is very weirdly succulent like.

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