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Cassytha melantha

Coarse Dodder-Laurel

Partly parasitic robust climber with green to reddish-brown stems. Attaches to stems of host and becomes rootless at maturity.

Additional information

  • FamilyLauraceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • SizeLarge climber
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesTiny scale-like hairy red leaves.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeJune to October
  • FlowersSpikes of tiny flowers covered in black hairs. Round creamish fruit, often with black streaks, edible.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCreates a dense tangled mass in open forests and woodlands. Can completely cover small trees and shrubs, strangling them. Full sun partial shade.
  • Garden useToo large and robust for garden situations.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLimited distribution within the Shire, but locally common.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: 1 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare; 3 Swee Oon ©; 4 Helen Moss ©

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