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Cassytha filiformis L.
Love Vine; Dodder Laurel; Yugulu; Cassytha cuscutiformis FMuell ex Meisn; Devils gut; Love-vine; Cassytha americana

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Cassytha filiformis
Cassytha filiformis
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Cassytha filiformis

Cassytha filiformis
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Cassytha filiformis

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Cassytha filiformis L.
devil's gut

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General Information
Symbol: CAFI4
Group: Dicot
Family: Lauraceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : HI   N
L48   N
PB   N
PR   N
VI   N
Other Common Names: dodder laurel
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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Laurales
Family Lauraceae – Laurel family
Genus Cassytha L. – cassytha
Species Cassytha filiformis L. – devil's gut

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1. Cassytha filiformis Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 35. 1753.


Stems twining, pale green to yellow-green to orange, filiform, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves alternate, ca. 1 mm. Inflorescences spikes, rarely reduced to single flower. Flowers bisexual, subtended by ciliate bract and bracteoles; outer 3 tepals 0.1-1 mm, similar to bracteoles, inner 3 tepals 1-1.8 mm, apex incurved; pistil 1.2 mm, glabrous. Drupe to 7 mm diam. 2 n = 48.

Flowering spring-summer (May-Jul). Coastal vegetation; 0-20 m; Fla.

Cassytha filiformis is a very distinctive plant that can be confused only with Cuscuta , a vining parasite of the Cuscutaceae.

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