Dodder; Love Vine (a parasitic vine)
Cuscuta gronovii /Morning Glory Family
This strange orange-hued vine is another unwelcome plant in the garden; it is an obligate parasite. It contains no chlorophyll, therefore it can't make its own food. It "steals" food (sugar and minerals) and water from its' green host plant by means of small "teeth" called haustoria (note them on the segment of vine on right-hand side of the picture). I like to call it the "Vampire Vine!" The only way to rid this plant from a garden is to pull up any "infected" host plants.
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains, Oliver Springs, Warriors' Path SP