Cassytha pubescens

Common name: 

Downy Dodder-laurel

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

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

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

Open forest1

Flower description:



Herbaceous, leafless, hemiparasitic climber1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has flower buds that are covered in brown/reddish hairs, spikes that are less than 26 mm long and fruit that is covered in white hairs1

Image of Cassytha pubescens
Image of Cassytha pubescens
Image of Cassytha pubescens 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