Dendrophthoe vitellina —Orange Mistletoe—LORANTHACEAE

Dendrophthoe vitellina

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Habitat— Occurs in Subtropical, Littoral and Dry Rainforest; also Sclerophyll forest on a wide range of hosts but frequently on species of Myrtaceae.

Distribution—Victoria, widespread in coastal districts and inland to Manilla in the Nandewar Range in New South Wales and Queensland..

Description— Plant spreading to pendent, glabrous except young shoots and inflorescence brown-tomentose; external runners usually present, especially on myrtaceous hosts, rarely absent.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Coocumbac Island, Crowdy Bay National Park, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Karloo Street Reserve, Little Street, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Displaced—opposite or alternate, narrow—lanceolate to elliptic, 4 to 16 cm long, 6 to 30 mm wide, apex rounded, base attenuate, isobilateral, leathery, venation distinct or obscure except for prominent midrib; petiole 3 to 20 mm long.

Dendrophthoe vitellina
Dendrophthoe vitellina

Inflorescence—Axis 5 to 50 mm long, with 5 to 20 flowers; pedicels 1.5 to 4 mm long; bracts 1.5 mm long. Corolla 25 to 50 mm long, yellow to red.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer

Fruit—Ovoid, 10 to 15 mm long, yellow to red.

Ripe.—Autumn to Winter