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Mistletoe

As in the title. The tree was engulfed in the stuff.



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Re: Mistletoe

Quite extraordinary, I can't say I've seen mistletoe here, OM.
Maybe that accounts for there being so many un-kissed girls in this neck of the woods.
The first image is a very nice standalone landscape, mistletoe not withstanding.
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Re: Mistletoe

That's interesting to see how mistletoe grows there, but it is similar here in the gum trees as it mimics the gum tree leaf (but still different looking enough to stand out) & a common sight when driving along country (or outer Sydney) roads. Some trees can be heavily 'infested' with them too. It's all due to birds bums! When the mistletoe bird defecates after eating the mistletoe fruit it does a 90 degree twist & the passed through seed being covered with a sticky goo sticks to the branch & grows from there. Other birds love the fruit too.

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Re: Mistletoe

It must have been quite a snog.

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Re: Mistletoe

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That's interesting to see how mistletoe grows there, but it is similar here in the gum trees as it mimics the gum tree leaf (but still different looking enough to stand out) & a common sight when driving along country (or outer Sydney) roads. Some trees can be heavily 'infested' with them too. It's all due to birds bums! When the mistletoe bird defecates after eating the mistletoe fruit it does a 90 degree twist & the passed through seed being covered with a sticky goo sticks to the branch & grows from there. Other birds love the fruit too.

Our arrangements in Europe are bit more refined, the sticky seeds being wiped off the beaks of the birds.

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Re: Mistletoe

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Quite extraordinary, I can't say I've seen mistletoe here, OM.
Maybe that accounts for there being so many un-kissed girls in this neck of the woods.
The first image is a very nice standalone landscape, mistletoe not withstanding.
Mistletoe is a large family, including many tropical species:

https://www.australiangeographic.com...-of-mistletoe/

I find our mistletoe strangely alluring and whenever I see it I can't help being attracted to it. Maybe it's my Celtic ancestry!

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Re: Mistletoe

Mark, Ross, Beagletorque, Harold, and Jim - thank you for your comments.
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