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devil's gut, love-vine

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.

2n

= 48.

Cassytha filiformis

Phenology Flowering spring–summer (May–Jul).
Habitat Coastal vegetation
Elevation 0-20 m [0-100 ft]
Distribution
from FNA
FL
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Discussion

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

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 3.
Parent taxa Lauraceae > Cassytha
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 1: 35. (1753)
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