Cassytha phaeolasia R.Br.

Rusty Dodder-laurel

Prodr. 404 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

As for C. pubescens except for the more elongated, interrupted flower spikes, usually 26–50 mm long and the obovoid to pyriform, prominently ribbed, rusty-pubescent fruit. Flowers mostly summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HFE, VVP. Also NSW. Apart from an old collection from near Portland, apparently confined in Victoria to east of the Gippsland Lakes, mostly in lowland forest, occasionally in dense scrubs fringing lakes and watercourses.

Weber (1981) did not recognize this taxon as distinct from C. pubescens. At least in Victoria the 2 taxa are readily distinguishable in the field and, although often sympatric, intermediates rarely occur.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Lauraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Magnolianae
order Laurales
family Lauraceae
genus Cassytha
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cassytha phaeolasia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassytha phaeolasia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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New South Wales