On Dec 29, 2017, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Statement of Terry Dunham of Kukerin, Western Australia, a guide of Tozers Bush Camp in Western Australia.
"Nuytsia floribunda is a true mistletoe and belongs to the Australian mistletoe family Loranthaceae, which in WA also includes the genera Lysiana and Amyema. However, Nuytsia floribunda differs in several respects; firstly it is a root parasite and does not grow directly on a host plant. Secondly, it does not need the Mistletoe Bird, Dicaeum hirundinaceum, to spread its seed. Thirdly, its seeds are not a soft edible drupe typical of other mistletoes, but a dry three winged seed, which is dispersed by the wind, and fourthly it grows to 10 metres (33’) as a tree and not like a small bush attached to the host plant. There are of course many other differences, but the abov... read more
On Oct 14, 2004, timmholl wrote:
The plant is partially parasitic and attatches its roots to those of other plants from which it gains much of its food. Plant seedlings in permanent position near any small perinnial (10 in. away).