Lysiana exocarpi aka Harlequin Mistletoe
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.