Dodder
 

Cuscuta gronovii
A parasitic plant with no leaves or chlorophyll. The yellow to orange, string-like stems climb over host plants and form a twining, tangled mass. The small 1/8", waxy, white, bell-shaped flowers have a 5-lobed corolla. Blooms July-October in low moist areas, along streams.

The seeds germinate in soil but the roots soon die as the plant sends out suckers to draw nourishment from the host plant.