Dodder Laurel

Cassytha filiformis


A climbing plant, stems green or orange; leaves tiny; flowers very small, white; fruit globular to 5 mm diameter, white or clear. Found in a variety of habitats, especially coastal areas. Flowers and fruit year round.


The fruit are eaten when they are ripe (clear or white). In the past Macassan fisherman would boil the stems of this plant with trepang (beche-de-mer or sea slug). Also said to be used for shelter in the past.

(Source: Blake, N., Wightman, G., and Williams, L. 1998. Iwaidja Ethnobotany, p. 48. Darwin. NT Botanical Bulletin No. 23, Parks and Wildlife Commission, Darwin.)