Cassytha - Devil's Twine


Devil's Twine

Other names: Dodder laurel, devil's guts
Family: Lauraceae
Habitat: Woodland and heath
Uses: The small fruits are edible. Aboriginies sometimes used the stems as twine
References: Baker and Corringham, Low, Robinson

These are twining shrubs that are parasitic on the plants they grow on, forming such a mass that the host eventually collapses. There are 14 species in Australia. C. paniculata is found in Cattai National Park, and C. pubescens is common in the Blue Mountains.

Cassytha - Devil's Twine
Photo: Mitchell Park, Cattai NSW

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