Amylotheca dictyophleba —Rainforest Mistletoe—LORANTHACEAE

Amylotheca dictyophleba

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Habitat—Parasitic on many species of rainforest trees.

Distribution—North from the Illawarra region in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Spreading to pendent shrub, glabrous

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Sanctuary, Tiona and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.—Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, 6 to 13 cm long, 20 to 60 mm wide, apex acute to rounded, base attenuate or contracted, upper surface usually shining, lower surface dull, reticulate venation distinct; petiole 2 to 8 mm long.

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Amylotheca dictyophleba

Inflorescence—Inflorescence axis slender, 5 to 14 mm long, rarely to 28 mm, with 1—6 decussate pairs of triads or single flowers on peduncle usually 4 to 8 mm long; pedicels of lateral flowers, if present, 2 to 4 mm long; bracts 1 mm long. Corolla in mature bud 28 to 38 mm long, inflated in middle, acute, usually red, often grading into green in upper part and yellow at apex. Style articulate 1 to 3 mm above base.

Flowering.— Mainly summer.

Fruit—Berry–like, ±globose, 10 to 14 mm long, red, dark purple or black.

Ripe.—January to February

Amylotheca dictyophleba