Description and uses:
There are several similar plants in the genus Cassytha, C. pubescens and C. glabella are the most common where we forage. Different species have white, green or even black flowers.
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 2 cm or so of the vine can be eaten too, its a little like Asparagus.
I like to keep one in my mouth while walking in the bush to keep my mouth from drying out.