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Australian Mistletoes In The Environment

Australian Mistletoes in the Environment

A Talk and Gawk with Naturalist Peter Rogers, will be held on  Monday, 23rd September,  1pm and 3.3opm, at the Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens.  After an illustrated presentation, we will have a wander in the Cranbourne Gardens bushland to see some mistletoes at very close quarters.

Mistletoes are extraordinary plants that require other plants as hosts so that they can survive. They also rely on very small birds to aid reproduction. Mistletoes are evergreen and semi-parasitic; root-like growths known as haustoria penetrate the outer layers of branches of host plants, to gain moisture and nutrients from the host.  The main genera of Mistletoes in Australia are Amyema, Lysiana and Muellerina, and common host plants are species of Acacia, Allocasuarina, Casuarina and Eucalyptus. The Western Australian Christmas Tree Nuytsia floribunda is different, as its roots attach themselves to roots of other plants.

Peter Rogers, President of Ringwood Naturalists Club, has become enthralled by these amazing plants over the last 20 years and has travelled throughout Australia to see and photograph mistletoes in the wild.

For more information, contact Rodger Elliot, email:, tel. 8774 2483

Prices: Members $20, non-members $25 and students $10.

To find out more about the Australian Mistletoe, book via the  SPRING-Fillable booking form*.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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