Cassytha filiformis L

[From Latin, filum = thread and forma = shape]

Physical description: It is a slender, tropical, parasitic plant which grows by the seashores of the Asia-Pacific. The plant scrambles over bushes and trees. The stems are pale green, succulent, soft, thread-shaped and without leaves. The flowers are 2mm-3mm long, white, yellowish, and globose. The corolla consists of 6 sepals, where the 3 outer ones are smaller than the inner ones. There are 9 or 6 stamens, in 3 whorls, and the ovary is superior. The fruits are berries of about 5 mm diameter and enclosed in an enlarged, succulent, pale and persistent corolla (Fig. 19).

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