Cassytha glabella form. glabella—Slender Devils Twine—CASSYTHACEAE

Cassytha glabella form. glabella

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Habitat—On margins of Littoral Rainforest, headlands and incoastal areas.

Distribution— North from Victoria to South East Queensland. Also in Tasmania and Western Australia

Description—Semi-parasitic glabrous twiner with stems c. 0.5 mm thick; haustoria commonly less than 1 mm long.

Local occurrences

Banksia aemula Dry Sclerophyll Shrubland, Bennett Head Road, Black Head, Brimbin Nature Reserve, Bulahdelah State Forest, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dooragan National Park, Foredune Complex, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Graminoid Clay Heath, Headland Complex, Intermediate Dry Heath, Kattang Nature Reserve, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Kiwarrak State Forest, Kiwarrak State Forest (Old Bar Section), Melaleuca quinquenervia/Casuarina glauca Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Woodland, Myall Lakes National Park, Old Bar Beach Littoral Rainforest, Old Bar Park Sclerophyll Forest, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Ramada Resort Diamond Beach, Red Head, Saltwater National Park, The Cape Hawke Complex, The Old Bar And Beach, The Wallis Lake Sand Barrier, Tiona Park, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park, Wet Heath and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Mostly Absent, occasionally with scale–like alternate leaves.

Cassytha glabella form. glabella
Cassytha glabella form. glabella

Inflorescence.—Flowers and fruits sessile in crowded heads. Flowers small, white, bracts and sepals neither ciliate nor fimbriate.

Flowering.— Throughout the year.

Fruit.—Glabrous 4 to 6 mm long, green, yellow to reddish.

Ripe.— Throughout the year.

Cassytha glabella form. glabella