Snottygobble, Devil's Twine (Cassytha pubescens and glabella)
Common name: Snotty Gobble, Devil’s Twine, Dodder Laurel, Slender Devil’s Twine
Taxonomic name: Devil’s Twine Cassytha pubescens, Slender Devil’s Twine Cassytha glabella
Form: Twining climber
Flowering Time: C. glabella – Spring and Summer. C. pubescens – Spring
Description and uses:
There are several similar plants in the genus Cassytha. The most common where we forage are Snottygobble (C. pubescens which has green flowers with fine hairs on them) and Slender Devil’s Twine (C. glabella, which has white flowers and no hair).
All of the local species in Cassytha are parasitic, twining, climbers that can get to be quite a burden on the plants upon which they climb. The density of their growth gives them one of their other common names – ‘Devil’s Twine’.
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!
The last two centimetres or so of the vine can be eaten too, its a little like Asparagus.
I like to keep a fruit in my mouth while walking in the bush to keep my mouth from drying out.