Tieghem, Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 41:507 (1894).
Synonymy: Loranthus miquelii Lehm. ex Miq. in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:280 (1845); L. aurantiacus Cunn. ex Hook. in T.L. Mitchell, J. Trop. Austral. 101 (1848); A. aurantiacum (Cunn. ex Hook.)Tieghem, Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 41:507 (1894).
, Amyema aurantiaca
Common name: Box mistletoe.
Glabrous except for the young shoots, calyx and sometimes the inflorescence and corolla sparsely brown-tomentose; epicortical runners absent; leaf lamina linear to nearly ovate, often falcate, 30-250 X 5-30 mm, attenuate at the base into a petiole 10-50 mm long, acute to rounded at the apex.
Inflorescence peduncle 10-50 mm long; rays 3-7, 3-15 mm long, usually with a bract at the apex; flowers usually in triads with all flowers on pedicels 3-6 mm long; bracts 1-1.5 mm long; calyx limb entire or weakly lobed, 0.2-1.5 mm long; corolla 15-28 mm long, usually red; anthers 1.5-4 mm long, about half the length of the free part of the filament.
Fruit cylindric to pear-shaped, 8-12 mm long.
Image source: fig. 88a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 220.
Parasitic on many Eucalyptus spp. and in southern areas sometimes common on Acacia spp.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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