Cassytha glabella

Common name: 

Slender Dodder-laurel
Tangled dodder-laurel

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (BCDEHJKMNPRSTWXZ) also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas

Map - Australia's Virtual Herbarium

Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Coastal heathland1

Flower description:



Herbaceous, leafless, hemiparasitic climber2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is completely glabrous (hairless) and the flowers are in clusters2

Image of Cassytha glabella
Image of Cassytha glabella
Image of Cassytha glabella Image: Mary Ellis
Image of Cassytha glabella Image: David Meagher
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria