Botanical name: Cassytha filiformis Family: Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Synonyms: Cassytha americana, Cassytha aphylla, Cassytha zeylanica
Love Vine is a very distinctive vine which can sometimes be confused with Amar Bel. Like Amar Bel, Love Vine is also parasitic on plants. Stems are twining, pale green to yellow-green to orange, thread-like, smooth or velvety. Alternately arranged leaves are about 1 mm. Flowers are borne in spikes, rarely singly, and look like small white balloons. Actual flowers are very tiny, less than 2 mm - the ovary is first exposed and later becomes enveloped by the enlargement and overgrowth of the sepal tube. Fruit is ovoid to spherical, size of a large pea, smooth, green or orange-red on maturing, rarely white, commonly drying black. Love Vine is found throughout the tropical world. Flowering: April-July.
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