Gorse bushes-an intriguing red web
One of the most common plants on the property is gorse. Everyone will be familiar with the thorny evergreen shrub with its bright yellow flowers. But have you ever noticed a pink web covering a gorse bush?
Particularly on Incleborough Hill—gorse bushes sometimes completely covered with a strange, tangled, mass of red threads. This is dodder.
Dodder (Cuscuta epithymum) is a parasitic, climbing, (usually) annual plant which is found on many small shrubs including heather and gorse. It is a member of the bindweed family.