species: Cassytha filiformis in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cassytha filiformis

©Anne Hoggett: Cassytha filiformis fruit about 6 mm diameter at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Cassytha filiformis at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Cassytha filiformis growing over Scaevola taccada at Lizard Island
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Laurales
Family Lauraceae
Genus Cassytha
Species Cassytha filiformis



Distinguishing features

A parasitic vine with multiple slender stems only a few millimetres in diameter that can smother other plants. Leaves are small, inconspicous scales. Small (2 mm) sessile flowers encased in three white triangular external tepals. 


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and A.-L. Jacquemart (2008). Nymph Island (Great Barrier Reef, Qld., Australia): Flora and vegetation of a low wooded island, Scripta Botanica Belgica, 43: 1-88. LIRS catalog number 1210.
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