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Cassytha Osbeck. Love-vine.

A genus of about 17 species, parasitic vines, of the tropics and subtropics (mostly Australian).

ID notes: Superficially closely resembling Cuscuta (Convolvulaceae), but fresh material can be distinguished by the aromatic odor of Cassytha (lacking in Cuscuta). Technical characters of the flower and fruit also distinguish the two genera readily (see Key K).

Ref: Rohwer (1993a) In Kubitzki, Rohwer, & Bittrich (1993); van der Werff (1997a) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1997). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: cassytha filiformis, navy wells nature preserve, miami-dade county, florida 4 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Cassytha filiformis, Atlantic Coastal Ridge, Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area, Palm Beach County, Florida 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷