Lysiana exocarpi (Behr) Tiegh. APNI*
Description: Spreading to pendent shrub, glabrous; external runners absent.
Leaves flat or somewhat compressed when very narrow, linear to narrow-oblong, sessile or the wider leaves shortly petiolate, 3–15 cm long, 1–10 mm wide, apex usually rounded, base attenuate to contracted, venation obscure; shortly petiolate.
Inflorescence a pedunculate usually 2-flowered umbel; peduncle usually 0.5–2 mm long; pedicels 2–5 mm long; bracts 1–1.5 mm long. Corolla 25–50 mm long, usually red, rarely yellow, sometimes tipped with green or black.
Fruit ellipsoidal to ovoid, 6–10 mm long, red or black.
Flowering: mainly summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, especially in inland regions, on a wide range of hosts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by A. L. Quirico
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Leaves linear to narrow-oblong or narrow-elliptic occasionally obcordate, 3–10 mm wide, often thick or leathery when mature. Plant spreading to pendent. Parasitic on many hosts, most frequently on species of Acacia, Alectryon, Amyema, Cassia, Casuarinaceae, Eremophila, Exocarpos, and exotic trees, west from Moree district.||subsp. exocarpi|
|Leaves linear, 1–3 mm wide, sometimes compressed but not terete. Plant pendent. In open woodland and forest, usually on species of Casuarinaceae, north from the Hunter Valley||subsp. tenuis|
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