Family : Lauraceae The Dodder Laurel is a ‘leafless’ climber, and lacks roots and bark. This plant is twining and parasitic, forming dense mats over other plants. The stems are generally a light green and usually only about a millimetre thick, but at certain times of the year the entire plant turns a bright orange colour.
The fruit is oval shaped and globular, turning almost transparent when ripe. Fruits ripen in the early dry season and are attractive to several bird species such as Honeyeaters, Mistletoe birds and Silvereyes.
This plant is salt tolerant and found in most areas of the coastal ecosystem. Its major requirement is a healthy host plant. It is excellent to use for sand stabilisation as the dense mats can hold sand together. In a garden situation, this plant can be troublesome, twining and parasitising garden plants. It is important to choose placement wisely.
|Flowers||February to May|
|Fruit||March to June|
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune - Hind Dune|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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