Plants of the Castlemaine District.

Drooping Mistletoe - native (Amyema pendula)

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Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family).

It is rare in the box ironbark and dry heathy forests. It is more common to the south where it grows on peppermints and manna gums.

It is a hemi-parasite; it relies on the host plant for water and minerals, but has chlorophyll and is able to make its own sugars and other carbohydrates.


It differs from the much more common Box Mistleoe in that

Photos 1: Drooping Mistletoe. Healesville. 2: Elphinstone, along the water race. 3: Dead Drooping Mistletoe on Manna Gum, Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.