Cuscuta Europaea's long, thin stems are yellowish or reddish. The flowers are arranged in compact glomerulus with few to many flowers, they have an inflorescence that is developed laterally along the stems. The calyx of 1.5 mm is in the form of a cup with 4 or 5 sepals in the shape of triangular-ovate. The corolla of 2.5–3 mm (0.098–0.118 in) is pink, with 4 or 5 lobes at some level. The ovary is2-style sub-globosis. The stigmas are either linear or divergent. The withered corolla cappes the 3 mm wide, rounded seed capsule. Every capsule also contains 4, pale brown, elliptic, 1 mm long seeds.
This is found in the flowers Valley's deeper and middle parts. Cuscuta Europaea or Greater Dodder is a yellowish and pinkish thread-like parasite plant. This attaches to some other plant including flax, goldenrod, etc., and is nourished by the plant that supports this. On various species of plants, larger dodders are found to twine. In India, it’s found from Kashmir to Sikkim in the temperate Himalayas. Greater dodder can be regarded as an emerging threat to Valley of Flowers plant diversity.Quick info:
Location in the valley of flowers: On the way to Hemkund Sahib
Flowering season: June to July
We visited Valley of Flowers with 4 of family members in July 2016 with Global Connect Hospitality. We arrived at Haridwar by train & stayed in pre-booked hotel, the hotel was good enough for one night stay. Next day early morning, we left hotel for Joshimath. Almost full day travel by Innova.
We got drop from Joshimath to Govind Ghat to start the trek for Ghangharia, which is moderate and can be done comfortably by anyone with normal fitness, the best thing was that entry ticket was pre-booked for us, it enables us to start early morning for the Valley. It took just 4 hours to reach the valley. Surrounding was amazing. At few points, the trek was wet and slippery. So, better to take walking sticks during the trekking.
We enjoyed there the beauty of the valley which was beyond our expectation & since none can stay at the valley in the night so we had returned back to Ghangharia at 4:30 PM.
It was certainly a whole life experience……thanks for everything arranged for the amazing trip!!