Cassytha pubescens R.Br.

Downy Dodder-laurel

Prodr. 404 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Weak to robust twiner, younger parts retrorsely pubescent or woolly, hairs white or red; stems terete, mostly 0.5–1.5 mm thick, striate, pubescent to glabrescent, yellow-green to reddish; haustoria 2–3 mm long. Leaves triangular-ovate, 1.5–4 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, woolly to glabrescent. Inflorescence a single, or often paired, 2–10-flowered congested spike to c. 25 mm long, lower flowers sometimes distant; peduncle usually 2–10 mm long. Flowers ovoid to obovoid, 1–3 mm long, 1–2 mm diam., subsessile to sessile; sepals more or less triangular, 0.7–1 mm long, covered with long reddish or whitish hairs; petals ovate to obovate, 1–2 mm long, c. 1.3 mm wide, covered with patent or appressed grey, black, yellow or red hairs. Fruit ovoid to globular, 6–9 mm long, 5.5–9 mm diam., smooth, white-pubescent. Flowers mostly summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and common throughout most of the State, particularly in lowland open-forest where often abundant following bushfire.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-04
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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 pubescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassytha pubescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory