Cassytha melantha is a vigorous, herbaceous perennial climbing plant with twining stems. A parastic plant, with its leaves reduced to minute scales, it scrambles over vegetation up to 9 metres tall, attaching itself to host plants in order to gain nutruents[
] The plant can form dense, impenetrable thickets[
The plant has been reported as a potential source of fibre for making string etc.
Australia - Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia
Parasitic on trees and shrubs, most commonly in coastal areas but also inland; at elevations up to 320 metres[
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A parasitic plant, Cassytha strongly favours Eucalyptus species as a host. If a seedling finds a suitable host, the Cassytha will begin climbing into it, attaching itself to the host and drawing nutrients from it. The portion of the plant that initially germinated and grew from the ground will then die off to leave the Cassytha totally dependant upon the host for food.
A very robust species, it can often extensively and densely drape over (and sometimes smother) shrubs and trees[
The flowers produce an amazing perfume when you get to within 2 metres of them, which attracts small flying insects like flies, etc, to pollinate them.
The stems are a source of fibre[