Dodder Laurel

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Cassytha filiformis

Family : Lauraceae The Dodder Laurel is a ‘leafless’ climber, and lacks roots and bark. This plant is twining and parasitic, forming dense mats over other plants. The stems are generally a light green and usually only about a millimetre thick, but at certain times of the year the entire plant turns a bright orange colour.

The fruit is oval shaped and globular, turning almost transparent when ripe. Fruits ripen in the early dry season and are attractive to several bird species such as Honeyeaters, Mistletoe birds and Silvereyes.

This plant is salt tolerant and found in most areas of the coastal ecosystem. Its major requirement is a healthy host plant. It is excellent to use for sand stabilisation as the dense mats can hold sand together. In a garden situation, this plant can be troublesome, twining and parasitising garden plants. It is important to choose placement wisely.


Quick Facts

Flowers February to May
Fruit March to June
Coastal Zone Fore Dune - Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds
Growth Habit Vine
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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