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 woodlands 1

Flower Description:

Covered in black hairs 1


Herbaceous, leafless, hemiparasitic climber 1

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 black 1


Image: Mary Ellis

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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