Harlequin Mistletoe
Bud almost opening & size
Harlequin Mistletoe
New Flower, close up
Harlequin Mistletoe (Lysiana exocarpi ssp exocarpi)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Mistletoes
Order: Santalales
Family: Mistletoe (Loranthaceae)
Species: Harlequin Mistletoe (Lysiana exocarpi ssp exocarpi)
This Photo:     New Flower, whole

Thank you Andrew Allanson for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Our example is parasiting off a Senna artemisioides ssp zygophylla.
A beautiful flower which is generally upright. All mistletoes we've seen to date have the flower hang.
The flowers are a rich mix of rusty green base, with bright fire-engine red tube, capped off with pale green / yellow petals.

Copyright © 2014-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Mar-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)