transmitting other pathogens between plants. Cassytha filiformis L. is a leafless, climbing, twining, vine-like, autoparasitic and plant-hyperparasitic phanero-. C. filiformis is a parasitic vine with a pan-tropical distribution (GBIF, ). It is primarily a plant of coastal areas, where it may become. Cassytha filiformis L. (Lauraceae), a medicinal plant is traditionally used for the treatment of cancer, African trypanosomiasis and many other related diseases.

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Its greater numbers in coastal areas suggest that it may be favoured by hosts growing on saline soils, but there has been no confirmation of this.

Radical anatomy, seedling morphology and host detection of seedlings of Cassytha filiformis. Comparative study of Cassytha filiformis and Cleistopholis patens for antimicrobial activity. Cassytha filiforjis Nees Cassytha aphylla Raeusch.

Damage to Pinus massoniana caused by a parasitic seed-plant, Cassytha filiformis. Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens The plant also scrambles over the ground, clogging pathways Photograph by: As a parasite, C.

Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. Following germination, the primary root fails to develop but several small adventitious roots may provide anchorage for a viliformis period Mahadevan and Jayasuriya, b. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to m. Garden Guy Hawaii, Manikandan R, Srivastava SK, Comments have to be approved before they are shown here. Antimicrobial activity of selected Indian folk medicinal plants.


Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cassytha filiformis

Missouri Botanical Garden, The fruits are dispersed by sea currents and by birds Prota4U, Seedling glabroustwining or meandering. It also spreads from tree to tree by vegetative growth. Hardy; McClure, Susan A.

An on-line version is also available. The genus Cassytha has sometimes been ascribed to its own family Cassythaceae, but is now generally accepted as the sole parasitic genus in the Lauraceae, with cassythz 17 species recognized, most of which are restricted to Australia.

Cassytha filiformis (love-vine)

The stems can be green, as some are here. David Eickhoff Creative Commons Attribution 2. It has been known by a large number of synonyms but none of these are in current use. Habitat Top of page C.

Cassytha filiformis

Unwanted host plants can be removed to reduce the spread of C. The useful native plants of Australia: Two cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. Host specificity of Cassytha filiformis and C.


The risk of further spread is relatively low, but could occur as a result of interest in the therapeutic uses of the plant see Usesor accidentally with the importation of infected ornamental host plants, as has been occuring in the USA on protea plants USDA, Radicles are tuberous, swollen and whitish-green.

Proceedings of the first symposium on the botany of the Bahamas June 11—14, Stems produce numerous haustoria which extract nutrients from the host plant and perhaps other stems of the parasite. Dodder laurel can be partially or totally parasitic.

University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ovary green, about 1. Stamens 9, arranged in 3 whorls with an innermost or fourth whorl made up of vassytha filaments of the first and second whorls c.

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