Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Cassytha filiformis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Lauraceae -- The Laurel Family Bibliography
      Cassytha filiformis

Common name(s): kauna`oa malolo, kauna`oa pehu, kauna`oa uka, kaunaoa, malolo, pololo
General Information
DistributionPantropical.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kure, Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Stems green to orange, filiform, glabrous.
Leaves reduced to minute scales, ca. 1 mm long, easiest seen near tips of stems.
Flowers sessile, few in spicate inflorescences 1(-2) cm long, each one subtended by an ovate bract and 2 ovate bracteoles, these with ciliolate tips; tepals glabrous, strongly unequal, outer 3 ovate, ca. 1 mm long, strongly resembling bracts and bracteoles, inner 3 elliptic, ca. 2.5 mm long, their tips incurved; fertile stamens glabrous, outer 6 introrse, broad, with very short filaments and acute apex, inner 3 extrorse, with 2 sessile glands at base, tip elongated beyond anther cells into a slender beak, fourth whorl of stamens reduced to glabrous staminodia; ovary globose, glabrous.
Fruit enclosed in the accrescent floral tube, dried floral parts persisting in fruiting stage.
2n = 24, 48*