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Cassytha filiformis L. There are also some flowers, young fruits and even a few leaves Photograph by: scott. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses.
An on-line version is also available. Range Widespread in the tropics from Africa through Asia to Australia. Dodder laurel can be partially or totally parasitic.
The whole plant, but especially the stem, contains a series of alkaloids, tannins, saponins and leucanthocyanins. The stems, mashed in water, are the source of a brown dye[ 46 Title Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publisher Weinheim Year ISBN - Description An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Home Search Contact. The twining and scrambling habit of this parasitic plant, with its often leafless stems, has totally engulfed what is probably a gazebo.
The stems can be green, as some are here. Close-up of the flowers and fruit Photograph by: Fagg, M. Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens. The plant also scrambles over the ground, clogging pathways Photograph by: David Eickhoff Creative Commons Attribution 2. Add a Comment: If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment.
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Cassytha filiformis , common name love-vine , is a species of obligate parasitic vine in the family Lauraceae. The species has a native pantropical distribution encompassing the Americas , Indomalaya , Australasia , Polynesia and tropical Africa   In the Caribbean region, it is one of several plants known as "Love vine" because it has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Cassytha filiformis is a twining vine with an orange to pale green stem. Flowers are borne in spikes or sometimes solitary. There are six tepals , each 0. It frequently connects bushes and trees by cords, and becomes a nuisance to the traveller.
Click on images to enlarge. Linnaeus, C. Type: India, Illustration Rheede, Hort. Fide J. Weber, J. Adelaide Bot. Leaves small, scale-like, about 0.