Muellerina celastroides—Coastal Misletoe, Banksia Misletoe—LORANTHACEAE.

Muellerina celastroides

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Habitat— Occurs in coastal areas in sclerophyll forest and rainforest, usually parasitic on species of Banksia and Casuarinaceae, also on various rainforest trees.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Erect or spreading shrub, glabrous except the inflorescence axis.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Cape Hawke, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Knappinghat Nature Reserve and Red Head.

Leaves.—Oblong to elliptic, 2.5 to 7 cm long, 15 to 40 mm wide, apex rounded, base attenuate, venation pinnate, indistinct; petiole ± winged, 3 to 8 mm long.

Muellerina celastroides
Muellerina celastroides

Inflorescence—A raceme of 1 to 3 pairs of triads, minutely brown—tomentose, axis 0.5 to 1.2 cm long; peduncle 5 to 10 mm long. Calyx c. 1 mm long, entire. Corolla weakly clavate, 2.2 to 3.5 cm long, acute, greenish red.

Flowering.—Mainly Summer

Fruit— Pear—shaped, 7 to 11 mm long, green grading to reddish

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Muellerina celastroides