Common name: Golden Mistletoe
Notothixos subaureus Oliv. APNI*
Synonyms: Notothixos subaureus var. cinereus Blakely APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading plant to 0.6 m diam., with indumentum mostly bright golden, rarely rather grey or silvery, fading and becoming sparse or absent on adaxial surface.
Prophylls and cataphylls c. 1 mm long; cataphylls often unequally placed 1–5 mm above prophylls.
Leaves ± angular ovate, rhombic or elliptic, mostly 1–5 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, apex rounded, obtuse or acuminate with a short blunt mucro, upper surface darker and sometimes shining; petiole 3–5 mm long. Inflorescence determinate of 3 cymules, 1 terminal and 2 lateral. Male flower 1 mm diam.; stipe 0.5 mm long. Female flower 2 mm long.
Fruit ellipsoid to ± globose, c. 7 mm long.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: The hosts are usually species of LoranthACEAE; coastal districts and adjacent ranges and Slopes, west to Murrurundi and Tingha districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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