Snottygobble, Laurel-dodder (Cassytha pubescens and similar)


Cassytha pubescens, or 'snottygobble'.
Cassytha pubescens, or ‘snottygobble’. You can eat the fruit, but don’t eat too many!

 

Cassytha pubescens fruit
pubescens‘ alludes to the tiny hairs that cover the plant

 

There are several similar plants in the genus Cassytha, C. pubescens is the most common one where we forage. Different species have white, green or even black flowers.

These plants are twining climbers that can get to be quite a burden on the plants upon which they climb.

Cassytha have small fruits that can be eaten in small amounts. If you hold the fruit in your mouth for a while while chewing it slowly, it releases quite a large amount of mucilage, hence the name ‘snottygobble’. Don’t eat too many of them though, they are quite a good laxative!

I like to keep one in my mouth while walking in the bush to keep my mouth from drying out.

 

Cassytha flowers
Cassytha flowers
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