Spyridium vexilliferum – The Winged Spyridium

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Spyridium vexilliferum ssp vexilliferum aka Winged Spyridium
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Spyridium vexilliferum ssp vexilliferum aka Winged Spyridium
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Spyridium vexilliferum ssp vexilliferum aka Winged Spyridium
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Spyridium vexilliferum ssp vexilliferum aka Winged Spyridium

Spyridium vexilliferum ssp vexilliferum aka Winged Spyridium
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Charophyta
Class: Equisetopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Superorder: Rosanae
Order: Rosales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Black Hill Conservation Park, South Australia – January 24th, 2015 – flowering has occurred after heavy rain a couple of weeks before

Photos & Text: John Fleming

These Spyridium vexilliferum photos were taken of a single plant in Black Hill Conservation Park 24 January 2015.
The flowering has occurred after heavy rain a couple of weeks before. The E-flora of SA describes the flowering time as “throughout the year”, so opportunistic flowering appears likely.
The plant was growing in the shelter of eucalypts, sheoaks and Acacia, and although it had a north facing aspect was in a sheltered valley, about 350m above sea level.
According to the plant list compiled by R.Taplin of Black Hill Conservation Park in 19 September 1995, the subsecies is Spyridium vexilliferum var. vexilliferum , known as the winged spyridium.
The range of this sub- species is from lower Eyre peninsula through to Tasmania.
http://www.oznativeplants.com/plantdetail/Winged-Spyridium/Spyridium/vexilliferum/zz.html
http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/cgi-bin/speciesfacts_display.cgi?genus=Spyridium&species=vexilliferum&iname=vexilliferum
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Spyridium+vexilliferum+var.+vexilliferum
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:apni.taxon:546150
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyridium_vexilliferum

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Harlequin Mistletoe – Lysiana exocarpi – A Pretty And Tasty Mimic

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Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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Host species (Unidentified) for Lysiana exocarpi

Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
Working classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Charophyta
Class: Equisetopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Superorder: Santalanae
Order: Santalales
Family: Loranthaceae
Aldinga Scrub, South Australia – January 31st, 2015 – dry, warm conditions growing on host plant

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

Mistletoes create rich diversity because of the insects and animals they attract. They are a parasitic (hemi-parasitic) plant that has no roots of its own and grows out of the branches of trees. Their leaves mimic the dominant host plant in their range of distribution – Next time you’re out in the bush and you notice a section of the tree where colour and shape changes, chances are you are looking at a Mistletoe. Australian Mistletoes are renowned mimics and are not related to the “kissing ritual” Northern hemisphere types.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysiana_exocarpi
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Lysiana~exocarpi
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:apni.taxon:139130
http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/BT9900475
http://www.cpbr.gov.au/mistletoe/images/caption-image/lysiana-exocarpi-exocarpi-RWP-6743-b.html
https://www.anbg.gov.au/mistletoe/images/caption-image/lysiana-exocarpi-exocarpi-tree-SA.html