Cassytha melantha

Common name: 

Coarse Dodder-laurel
Large Dodder laurel

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Grampians, Riverina, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (ABCDGHJKLMNPRSTUVWXYZ) also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas

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

Drier woodlands1

Flower description:

Covered in black hairs1


Herbaceous, leafless, hemiparasitic climber1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The flowers buds of this species are covered in black hairs. The flowers are in spikes and the fruit is smooth and streaked black1

Image of Cassytha melantha
Image of Cassytha melantha Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria