Mistletoe by koalagardens

Mistletoe

I've never had mistletoe on the property until year, and I'm guessing the mistletoe birds have brought it in. You can see the native pollinator here https://365project.org/thedarkroom/365/2020-09-14

This is a nifty fifty shot, but a fun fact I love about the mistletoe bird is how they help this parasite pollinate. The bird does a little dance as it poops and wipes its butt onto the tree branch in such a way that the poop, containing a pollinated seed, sticks to the branch, providing the seed with a damp sticker so the seed can sprout and take hold by itself.
A bright cheery flower and a bright cheery bird, and a lovely spot of biodiversity.
In a healthy area of bush, mistletoe will provide diversity rather than overtake and kill. But even if it kills the odd tree, well dead trees create important ecosystems too.
There is your Friday afternoon nature documentary, you're welcome 😊
A very different mistletoe to the sort we have in Europe - ours kills its hosts quite quickly.
September 18th, 2020  
It looks beautiful and has quite a Christmassy feel to it.
September 18th, 2020  
I’ve never spotted any flowers on mistletoe as it’s usually high up in a tree. These flowers are gorgeous.
September 18th, 2020  
New to me , I have never seen a mistletoe flower. I am always learning so thanks for that info.
September 18th, 2020  
Nice capture.
September 18th, 2020  
Beautiful flowers.
September 18th, 2020  
Very different from our mistletoe in Georgia, US too but so lovely.
September 18th, 2020  
Interesting background. That’s the thing about nature. The death of one species often is what’s needed to give an opening for another one. Sad for the individual member of the losing species but on the bigger scale keeps ‘life’ in general going.
September 18th, 2020  
Beautiful plant! Our mistletoe is poisonous and a parasite way up in the trees.
September 18th, 2020  
Very pretty.
September 18th, 2020  
Bep
Beautiful flowers and interesting information.
September 18th, 2020  
An interesting contrast to the UK mistletoe - and I thoroughly enjoyed your info about how the seeds are spread.

Ian
September 18th, 2020  
Lovely shot of your beautiful mistletoe. Ours have white berries on them and are usually high in trees. Thanks for the info, sure learnt something today ;-)
September 18th, 2020  
This is so different from ours in the US, too. How interesting to learn about its differences in all parts of the world
September 18th, 2020  
pretty vibrant color
September 18th, 2020  
Lovely shot. Very different from our mistletoe.
September 18th, 2020  
Nice capture.
September 18th, 2020  
I enjoyed my eco lesson today! Such a very different plant than the one we hang up at Christmas- but just as pretty.
September 19th, 2020  
Lovely!
September 19th, 2020  
A nice shot Katrina. We have quite a bit of mistletoe and it doesn't seem to do any harm to the hosts - even in the last few years of little rain.
We discovered a few weeks ago that some mistletoes have actually adapted to resemble their host plants. Isn't nature fascinating! :)
September 19th, 2020  
Pretty flowers and lovely colours.
September 19th, 2020  
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