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Parasites Summer in St. George Marshes

The Cap’n in former times.

Message From the Captain is a compilation of fishing advice, waterman and weather insights, Chesapeake lore, and ordinary malarkey from the folks who keep their feet wet in the Potomac and St. Mary’s rivers.


We have a parasitic plant belonging to the morning glory family that is a hazard to the High Tide bush in the marshes.

Dodder seeds sprout at or near the surface of the soil. Although dodder germination can occur without a host, it has to reach a green plant quickly and is adapted to grow toward the nearby plants by following chemosensory clues. If a plant is not reached within five to 10 days of germination, the dodder seedling will die. Before a host plant is reached, the dodder, as other plants, relies on food reserves in the embryo.

Not only do they “sense” clues for their own survival, dodder also is involved with a plant alarm system. The parasite is able to communicate an insect attack on one of its hosts to others among its host plants. The unattacted neighboring hosts go on alert and become more resistant to the attackers.

Local names include devil’s hair, lady’s laces, devils guts, goldthread, angel hair, and witches hair. Other folk names include strangle tare, scaldweed, beggarweed, fireweed, wizard’s net,  devil’s ringlet, hailweed, hairweed, hellbine, love vine, pull-down, and strangleweed.

We on St. George Island notice dodder on our “waterbushes” or High Tide bushes.  It can however affect many agricultural crops such as alfalfa, asparagus, carrots, onions, and potatoes. Dodder can weaken or kill plants and reduce crop yields. It kills most of the bushes that we see it prey upon.

Check out the Potomac River Interpretive Buoy system for details on current water conditions.

**********Smith Island Tour  ****************

Still time to check off this trip from bucket list this summer…..MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE…..

FROM POINT LOOKOUT, MD: Departs 10:30am (Seasonal Thursday-Sunday)

2019 Schedule:

  • Thursday through Sunday departures through Sept. 1, 2019.
  • Post season dates Sept. 7, 8, 14, and 15


Till next time, remember “It’s Our Bay, Let’s Pass It On.”

Reach Cap’n Jack at arster694@gmail.com or 240-434-1385

To learn about tours and trips into the Chesapeake, get more information on Fins + Claws’ Leader member page.


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