Cassytha rufa J. Weber Some species of the cactus genus Rhipsalis once were assigned to Cassytha in an error arising from the resemblance in habitus. An unfortunate consequence has been that the homonym Cassytha Mill. The morphology and ecology of Cassytha are so atypical of the family Lauraceae, they have been the subject of molecular genetic research to confirm their taxonomic relationships.
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Reproductive Biology Regarding pollination, Weber did not observe any particular insects on the flowers of C. Werth et al. The fruits have a physical dormancy, and germinate only after scarification or softening by microbial action Mahadevan and Jayasuriya, a.
The fruits are dispersed by sea currents and by birds Prota4U, During germination, the cotyledons remain fully intact inside the seed coat. Radicles are tuberous, swollen and whitish-green. The plumule is filiform, cord-like, light green and with minute alternate leaves Augustine, Following germination, the primary root fails to develop but several small adventitious roots may provide anchorage for a short period Mahadevan and Jayasuriya, b.
Seedlings can then survive for up to 8 weeks without a host, growing to a length of 30 cm or more, presumably relying mainly on the seed reserves Nelson, Physiology and Phenology C. De la Harpe et al. No comparable information has been seen for C. Some sources suggest that there is phloem connection between C. Abubacker et al. Longevity C. It has been noted, however, that the seeds may persist for some years in a dormant state Mahadevan and Jayasuriya, a.
Nutrition C. Associations C. It is not known what encourages C. It can also occur well inland on non-saline soils. Environmental Requirements C. It is not known to be affected by soil type or pH. Its greater numbers in coastal areas suggest that it may be favoured by hosts growing on saline soils, but there has been no confirmation of this.
Cassytha Filiformis Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients
Volutella aphylla Forssk. Cassytha filiformis, common name love-vine, is a species of obligate parasitic vine in the family Lauraceae. The species has a native pantropical distribution encompassing the Americas , Indomalaya , Australasia , Polynesia and tropical Africa   In the Caribbean region, it is one of several plants known as "Love vine" because it has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Flowers are borne in spikes or sometimes solitary.