Korthalsella rubra subsp. rubra—Jointed Mistletoe—SANTALACEAE.

Korthalsella rubra

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Habitat— Parasitic on a broad range of hosts in rainforest to semi-arid woodland.

Distribution—North from Victoria into New South Wales and North Queensland.

Description—Plant usually to 16 cm high, branched several times at lower nodes with unbranched extremities up to 12 internodes long.

Local occurrences

Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.—Branches mostly flattened transversely to parent stem; internodes contracted at ends and strongly articulated at nodes, ± narrow—cuneate, usually 10 to 18 mm long and 3 to 8 mm wide, attenuate at base, so that individual internodes are the visually distinct units of all stems.

Korthalsella rubra
Korthalsella rubra

Inflorescence— Floral cushions not protruding, but with visible sparse, long red hairs which are mostly in a single row between flowers. Rudimentary leaves 0.5 to 1 mm high, membranous, usually obtuse, together continuous around node and almost continuously free except fusion to face of internode at its midpoint. Flowers almost completely encircling node in early stage, separating as internode expands.


Fruit.— Berry–like, globose, 1 to 2 mm long, clustered at nodes and completely encircling nodes.

Ripe.— Summer