R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 404 (1810) forma dispar (Schldl.)J. Weber, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 3:209 (1981).
Synonymy: C. dispar Schldl., Linnaea 20:578 (1847).
Common name: Slender (or tangled) dodder-laurel, slender devils twine.
Glabrous; stems 0.3-0.8 mm thick, green or yellow to red-green, smooth, drying yellow-green; leaves triangular-ovate, c. 0.4 x 0.3 mm, basifixed, yellow-green, drying brown; haustoria oval, to 1 mm long.
Inflorescence a single or rarely paired elevated congested cluster or head, 2-10-flowered, on peduncles 5-10 x c. 0.5 mm, usually narrower basally; bract ovate, acute, 1-1.5 x 0.5-1 mm; bracteoles c. 1 mm long, basifixed, light-green to yellow-green tinted red, with narrow scarious margins; flowers sessile, ovoid, c. 1.5 x c. 1 mm; sepals ovate, 0.5-1 mm long, with scarious white margins; petals ovate, 1-2 x c. 0.9 mm, white, drying yellow-brown; fertile stamens 9, white, drying brown; staminodes wedge-shaped, c. 0.7 mm long; glands o. void, three-quarters the size of staminodes; ovary fusiform, c. 0.8 mm diam., glabrous.
Fruit fusiform to narrow-ovoid, 6-10 x c. 2.5 mm, pale-green or yellow to orange-red, drying honey-yellow, with 6 prominent veins running into the perianth-segments, basal portion narrowed to a stalk clasped by the almost vertical bracts.
Cochrane et at. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 41.
W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: mainly Nov. — Feb.
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