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Cassytha pubescens

Downy Dodder-laurel

Light to moderately robust creeper covered in woolly white or red hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyLauraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeLight creeper
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesSmall triangular leaves to 4 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeDecember to April
  • FlowersTiny flowers clustered in single or paired spikes. Downy white fruit.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCommon throughout lowland forests amongst understorey shrubs. Full sun, usually partial or dappled shade.
  • Garden useInteresting creeper for bush gardens.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
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