Amar Bel / Akash Bel / अमर बेल / Afteeyun / Aftimoon / Cassytha filiformis

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Cassytha filiformis, common name love-vine, is a species of obligate parasitic vine in the family Lauraceae. The species has a native pantropical distribution encompassing the Americas, Indomalaya, Australasia, Polynesia and tropical Africa  In the Caribbean region, it is one of several plants known as "Love vine" because it has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Cassytha filiformis is a twining vine with an orange to pale green stem. Leaves are reduced to scales about 1 mm long. Flowers are borne in spikes or sometimes solitary. There are six tepals, each 0.1-2.0 mm long. Fruit is a drupe about 7 mm in diameter.

The 1889 book 'The Useful Native Plants of Australia records that the "This and other species of Cassytha are called " Dodder-laurel." The emphatic name of "Devil's guts" is largely used. It frequently connects bushes and trees by cords, and becomes a nuisance to the traveller. "This plant is used by the Brahmins of Southern India for seasoning their buttermilk.
The Amar Bel / Akash Bel / अमर बेल / Afteeyun / Aftimoon / Cassytha filiformis is evocative, to say the least, but that's why you're drawn to it in the first place.

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