Notothixos subaureus—Golden Mistletoe—SANTALACEAE.

Notothixos subaureus

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Habitat— The hosts are usually species of Loranthaceae, except in North Queensland where it hosts on Rainforest trees; coastal districts and adjacent ranges and Slopes, west to Murrurundi and Tingha districts.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and North Queensland.

Description— Erect or spreading plant to 0.6 m diam., with indumentum mostly bright golden, rarely rather grey or silvery, fading and becoming sparse or absent on adaxial surface.

Local occurrences

Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, One Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point and The Sanctuary.

Leaves.—Prophylls and cataphylls c. 1 mm long; cataphylls often unequally placed 1 to 5 mm above prophylls. Leaves ± angular ovate, rhombic or elliptic, mostly 1 to 5 cm long, 10 to 20 mm wide, apex rounded, obtuse or acuminate with a short blunt mucro, upper surface darker and sometimes shining; petiole 3 to 5 mm long.

Notothixos subaureus
Notothixos subaureus

Inflorescence— Inflorescence determinate of 3 cymules, 1 terminal and 2 lateral. Male flower 1 mm diam.; stipe 0.5 mm long. Female flower 2 mm long.

Flowering.—Throughout the year. Mostly Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Fruit ellipsoid to ± globose, c. 7 mm long

Ripe.—Throughout the year. Mostly Spring to Summer.

Notothixos subaureus