Olive Pink Botanic Garden

The Wire-Leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii) is an epiphytic, hemiparasitic plant and member of the Family Loranthaceae (Mistletoe Family). As you walk through the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, look into the foliage of the shrubs and trees to see where this mistletoe has taken up residence. You may even see other mistletoe species.

Wire-Leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii)
Wire-Leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii), Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs

Native to Australia, it is a widespread mistletoe found in all mainland states. It is found mainly on acacias and sheoaks, 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 that are dispersed by mistletoe birds, among others.

The Wire-leaf Mistletoe pictured here were growing on the Acacia Kempeana (Witchetty Bush).

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Santalales
  • Family: Loranthaceae
  • Genus: Amyema
  • Species: A. preissii
  • Binomial name: Amyema preissii