Benthamina alyxifolia —Shiny-leaved Mistletoe, Box-leaved Mistletoe—LORANTHACEAE

Benthamina alyxifolia

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Habitat—In Subtropical and Warm-temperate Rainforests

Distribution—North from Newcastle in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Spreading to pendent shrub, parasitic on many trees, especially Myrtaceae family. External runners present.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Coocumbac Island, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Sea Acres National Park, Tallwoods and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Opposite, elliptic to broad-ovate, hairless, shiny, veins obscure.

Benthamina alyxifolia
Benthamina alyxifolia

Inflorescence—: Bisexual, pendent, in pairs, red, 3 to 4 cm long.

Flowering.—September to November

Fruit—Berry—like, ellipsoidal, 8 to 10mm long, yellow—orange.


Benthamina alyxifolia