Amyema miquelli

Box Mistletoe

An open, drooping semi-parasitic clump commonly hosted by Eucalyptus species. Can be smaller than A. pendula, a very similar species.

Additional information

  • FamilyLoranthaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • SizeDrooping, to 3 m long
  • Plant groupingMistletoes
  • LeavesPairs of narrow to elliptic yellow to reddish-green curved leaves 3-35 cm x 5-30 mm.
  • Flower colourOrange-red
  • Flowering timeDecember to June, sporadic
  • FlowersFlowers in 3-7 groups of 3, all flowers stalked. Fruit pear-shaped, yellowish-red, 8-14 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNectar, fruit, insects
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGenerally found in drier box forests.
  • Garden useExcellent habitat plant but difficult to cultivate. Can put pressure on drought-stressed plants if there are too many clumps on an individual tree.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common in other areas of Victoria.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - berry
  • Related speciesDiffers from Amyema pendula in that all flowers are stalked.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Ken Harris ©

Plant Communities

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