Notothixos subaureus Oliv.

Golden Mistletoe

J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 103 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or spreading shrubs to 60 cm diam., with a bright golden tomentum, rarely greyish. Prophylls and cataphylls linear to triangular, to c. 1 mm long. Leaves trullate, rhombic or elliptic, 1–5 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, apex rounded, obtuse or acuminate, mucronate, upper surface greenish, sometimes shiny, glabrescent, lower surface golden-tomentose; petiole 3–5 mm long. Inflorescence of 1 terminal and 2 lateral 5–11-flowered cymules, central 1–5 flowers usually male; bracts narrow-triangular, to c. 1 mm long. Male flowers c. 1 mm diam., pedicel c. 0.5 mm long; female flowers c. 2 mm long, subsessile. Fruit ellipsoid to subglobose, c. 7 mm long. Flowers throughout the year.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. Usually parasitic on other mistletoes, particularly Dendrophthoe vitellina.

In Victoria confined to far East Gippsland in the vicinity of Mallacoota Inlet.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Viscaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Santalaceae
genus Notothixos
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Notothixos subaureus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Notothixos subaureus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory