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Genus: Cassytha (False dodder, Devil's tresses, Nooienshaar)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > magnoliids > Order: Laurales > Family: Lauraceae

Of the total of 17 species, 14 are native to Australia and three to Africa of which two occur in southern Africa. There is also an introduced, naturalised species in southern Africa. Parasitic plants that form a network of entwining, yellow tendrils over shrubs and trees.

Members of the genus Cuscuta (Convolvulaceae) have a similar parasitic habit and appearance.  

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cassytha ciliolata

Cassytha pondoensis

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Cassytha filiformis

 

 


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