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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 murrayi).1

Extreme care must be taken when identifying edible food plants and those used in bush medicine. Some bush foods are only edible at different stages of the plant cycle, or when treated appropriately. Bush medicine should only be used under the guidance of a qualified physician. Information here is only provided for research. You should always seek experts in the field to confirm the identification of the plant and whether they are edible or appropriate.

Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii)

Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Found growing on the Acacia Kempeana (Witchetty Bush).

Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii) © Colin Leel, November 2007

Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii) © Colin Leel, November 2007

Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii) growing on the Acacia Kempeana (Witchetty Bush).
Wire-leaf Mistletoe found growing on the Acacia Kempeana (Witchetty Bush).

© Colin Leel

1 Mai Putitja and Irmangka-Irmangka - Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine: Parka-Parka and Nyinkini. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
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