Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii)
A widespread mistletoe, found mainly on acacias, this mistletoe has needle-like
leaves of 2-8 cm x 1-2 mm. The flowers hang down in 2 to 3 clusters. The flowers
are red, about 2-3 cm long with separate petals that curve backwards. The round
berries are pink, white or red.
A number of mistletoe plants form part of the native foods used as bush tucker.
Specifically the sweet and sticky fruit are eaten raw by the children. Among the
ones that are said to have edible fruit include the Wire-leaf Mistletoe (A.
preissii), Pale-leaved Mistletoe (Amyema. maidenii),
Harlequin Mistletoe (Lysiana exocarpi), and Murray Mistletoe (Lysiana