Cassytha pubescens—Downy Devils Twine—CASSYTHACEAE

Cassytha pubescens

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Habitat— On margins of Littoral, Dry and Warm–temperate Rainforest.

Distribution— Widespread; North from Victoria to Queensland. Also in Tasmania and South Australia.

Description—Semi-parasitic twiner with stems usually 0.5 to 1.5 mm thick, young shoots white or red, retrorsely pubescent to woolly; haustoria 2 to 3 mm long.

Local occurrences

Banksia aemula/Allocasuarina simulans Dry Heath, Black Head, Bulahdelah State Forest, Burgess Beach, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coorabakh National Park, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Foredune Complex, Forster Cemetery, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Kiwarrak State Forest, Kiwarrak State Forest (Old Bar Section), Leptospermum laevigatum Dry Sclerophyll Shrubland, Myall Lakes National Park, Old Bar Park Heath, Old Bar Park Sclerophyll Forest, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Ramada Resort Diamond Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Booti Booti Complex, The Cape Hawke Complex, The Charlotte Head Complex, The Wallis Lake Sand Barrier, Themeda triandra Sod Grassland, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Mostly Absent, occasionally with scale–like alternate leaves less than 1 mm long.

Cassytha pubescens
Cassytha pubescens

Inflorescence.— A spike, raceme or panicle, flowers often clustered in ± sessile or stalked heads, bisexual. Flowers sessile or almost so, petals pubescent.


Fruit.—A Globose to obovoid drupe, surrounded by the expanded receptacle to form a succulent outer layer 8 to 10 mm long, pubescent, sometimes sparsely so, drying grey–black.

Ripe.— Late summer to autumn

Cassytha pubescens