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Amyema pendula ssp. pendula

Drooping Mistletoe

A drooping semi-parasitic clump commonly hosted by Eucalyptus species but occasionally on Acacia.

Additional information

  • FamilyLoranthaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • SizeDrooping, up to 3 m
  • Plant groupingMistletoes
  • LeavesPairs of lance-shaped leaves 10-40 cm x 3-15 mm.
  • Flower colourRed-orange
  • Flowering timeMost of the year, especially summer.
  • FlowersHanging flower clusters in groups of 3 or 4 with 3-4 flowers in each, the central flower of each without a stalk. Long buds. Elliptical berry.
  • Bird attractingNectar, fruit, insects
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsForests and woodlands, spread by Mistletoe bird.
  • 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 statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Food - berry
  • Related speciesDiffers from Amyema miquelii in that the central flower is not stalked.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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