Flowers and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, Photographer Murray Fagg, between Hillsdon and Lake Cargelligo, NSW

Fruit and leaves. Photographer Ken Harris, Snowy River, Vic

Flowering plant. Photographer Tony Rodd, Goulburn river National Park, NSW

Common Name

Grey Mistletoe




Mistletoe. Parasitic on Acacia including Acacia aneura, Acacia omalophylla, and Acacia pendula . Leaves opposite each other or scattered, 3-13cm long, 8-45mm wide, hairy, older leaves becoming hairless or glaucous. Flowers hairy, red, green, or mauve, with 5 petals, in paired groups of 3 on a common stalk, the stalks arising at the bases of the leaves. Fruit cream to pink.

In var. quandang, the leaves are 8-20mm wide, and usually curved. In var. bancroftii, the leaves are 20-45mm wide, and usually not curved.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 221-222

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