Dendrophthoe vitellina (F.Muell.) Tiegh.

Long-flower Mistletoe

Bull. Soc. Bot. France 42: 86 (1895) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading to pendulous shrubs, glabrous except young shoots and inflorescences brown-tomentose; epicortical runners usually present. Leaves alternate or subopposite, narrow-lanceolate to elliptic, 4–14 cm long, 6–45 mm wide, base attenuate, apex rounded, isobilateral, leathery, green; venation distinct or obscure, midrib prominent; petiole 3–15 mm long. Inflorescence of 5–20 flowers, axis 5–50 mm long; pedicels 1.5–4 mm long; bracts c. 1.5 mm long, acute or obtuse. Calyx entire or weakly toothed, limb to c. 1 mm long; corolla 25–50 mm long, yellow to red; anthers 3–5 mm long, c. equal to free part of filament. Fruit ovoid, 10–15 mm long, yellow to red. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HSF. Also Qld, NSW. Confined to far East Gippsland in the vicinity of Mallacoota Inlet where parasitic on Eucalyptus, Angophora and Corymbia.

This species is often the host of the mistletoe Notothixos subaureus Oliv. (Santalaceae).

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Loranthaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Frank Udovicic, 2015-03-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Loranthaceae
genus Dendrophthoe
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Northern Territory
New South Wales