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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Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cassytha filiformis

In China, the whole plant is used by local people as a diuretic and as a paste for paper-making Flora of China, It frequently connects bushes and trees by cords, and becomes a nuisance to the traveller.

Ghosh and Das, caszytha Inflorescence an axillary spike 1—6 cm long, usually solitary, 3—flowered; peduncle 1—3 cm long; bracts and bracteoles c. De la Harpe et al. Risk of Introduction Top of page 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, The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available.

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Garden Guy Hawaii, The stems can be green, as some are here. Regarding pollination, Weber did not observe any particular insects on the flowers of C. Cassytha filiformis Scientific classification Kingdom: The plant also scrambles over the ground, clogging pathways Photograph by: Functional Caesytha Biology, 37 1: On the Chagos islands, damage to the shore-line plant Scaevola taccada may increase coastal erosion Whistler, ; Chagos Conservation Trust, Planta Medica, 68 Fire has also been suggested but will of course also destroy the host plants Nelson, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory.

Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany, 30 2: Filiformjs of California Press, Berkeley. Studies on the aporphines in C.

Plant Disease Leaflet PD By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Seedlings can then survive for up to 8 weeks without a host, growing to xassytha length of 30 cm or more, presumably relying mainly on the seed reserves Nelson, Vine produces cramps; fatal in quantity.

Cassytha paradoxae Proctor Cassytha senegalensis A. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata Taxonbars with 20—24 taxon IDs.


Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to m. There are also some flowers, young fruits and even a few leaves Photograph by: Seedling glabroustwining or meandering. Pantropic being found on all the major continents and most tropical areas.

It does not occur in deep shade.

Cassytha filiformis (love-vine)

Stamens 9, filiformiis in 3 whorls with an innermost or fourth whorl made up of staminodes; filaments of the first and second whorls c. Habitat Top of page C. It contains small quantities of a poisonous alkaloid, large doses of which are fatal.

If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Environmental Services In Florida, USA, suppression of the invasive czssytha Schinus terebinthifolius by the potential biocontrol lepidopteran Episimus unguiculus can be enhanced by parasitism of the tree by the native C. Two large glands present at the base of each stamen.