Dodder is a parasitic seed plant (Cuscuta spp.) without leaves; a yellow filamentous vine.
Etymology. 1617, from M.E. daderen "to quake, tremble" (1483), apparently frequentative of dialectal dade, on a form similar to totter, patter.
Dodder has a relatively wide host range. Dodder tends to parasitize plants at or near ground level.