Flower & Leaf
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Mistletoes|
|Family:||Mistletoe (Loranthaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Box Mistletoe (Amyema miquelii)|
|This Photo:||Bud Cluster|
|Other name:||Stalked Mistletoe|
Thank you Asimakis Patitsas for confirming the id of this species for us
EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Notice here the bud on the right is splitting into the petals of the flower.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Many people believe mistletoe to be a pest. However, in the wild they are as much a part of the natural order as any other species. Similarly they don't kill trees in the wild. If on the other hand, there aren't enough host trees, due to man's clearing, there can be situations where trees are targeted by birds and so die.
Is this the fault of the mistletoe? We think not. If you are concerned about this, the solution is simple; plant more trees, don't kill the mistletoe.