The needle-leaf or she-oak mistletoe (amyema cambagei) is a soft, slender-leaved parasitic plant. They attach to the branches of trees by a swollen woody structure called a haustorium and obtain their water and dissolved nutrients from their attached stems. We found some ripe fruit on this mistletoe and had a taste, the small fruit has a white sticky flesh around a hard seed, much like a passion fruit, it tasted a bit insipid but wasn’t terrible. For more information on mistletoes we highly recommend the book by John T. Moss and Ross Kendall, The Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
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