Cassytha glabella R.Br.

Slender Dodder-laurel

Prodr. 404 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small glabrous twiner; stems filiform, 0.3–0.8 mm thick, green, yellow or reddish; haustoria usually less than 1 mm long. Leaves triangular-ovate, c. 0.4 mm long, c. 0.3 mm wide, yellow-green. Inflorescence a single or paired 2–10-flowered umbellate cluster; peduncle 5–10 mm long. Flowers ovoid, c. 1.5 mm long, c. 1 mm diam., sessile; sepals ovate, 0.5–1 mm long, scarious, margin white; petals ovate, 1–2 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, white. Fruit 4–6 mm long, glabrous, green, yellow or reddish.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim.

4 forms, the 2 occurring in Victoria indistinguishable in the absence of mature fruit.

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cassytha glabella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassytha glabella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory