Dodder weed invades Central Valley
July 3, 2006
• Now found in Sacramento, Yuba counties
• Growers, ranchers alerted
An invasive weed known as Japanese dodder has appeared in two more California counties, including a second county in the Central Valley.
Agricultural commissioners across the state are being asked to search for it.
Commissioners in Contra Costa and Sacramento counties found the parasitic vine last week. Earlier, Japanese dodder had been found in Los Angeles, Shasta and Yuba counties.
Left unchecked, the weed will eventually kill the plants it invades, and it can even attack orchard trees.
Thus far it has only been found in urban settings.