The Harlequin Mistletoe (Lysiana exocarpi) is known for some different forms, including the Harlequin Mistletoe Yellow Form (Lysiana exocarpi ssp. exocarpi).

The Harlequin Misteltoe includes the yellow / green form, red / green / yellow form and the more commonly recognised red / green form colouration of the slender tube-like flower. The curve shaped flower tube in this sub-species is yellow with a green tip. No more than 5 cm in length, they are found in clusters of 2-3, with the erect flowers on a very short stalk.

The leaves are hairless narrow and curved with a length between 3-10 cm in length and 1 cm in width.

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Members of the genus Lysiana, the fruit is translucent green, yellow, red or black, and being edible is one of the Aboriginal food.

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.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Santalales
  • Family: Loranthaceae
  • Genus: Lysiana
  • Species: L. exocarpi
  • Binomial name: Lysiana exocarpi
  • Subspecies:
    L. exocarpi subsp. exocarpi
    L. exocarpi subsp. tenuis