Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Amyema cambagei,a Sheoak Mistletoe

Amyema cambagei ,a Mistletoe on Casuarina glauca
The long pendulous leaves of this Mistletoe perfectly mimic those of its host Casuarina,
The word Mistletoe is derived from Mistletan .Mistle =dung and tan = twig, This describes the germination of seeds from the droppings of birds that have fed on the fruit. The tiny mistletoe bird is a delight to watch .All you see is a brilliant flash of red amongst the dense foliage.Also attracted to this plant are the honeyeater birds which pollinate the club shaped bright pink flowers.

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