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"The mistletoe on the tree" Top 5 Page for this destination Australia Off The Beaten Path Tip by iandsmith

Australia Off The Beaten Path: 423 reviews and 697 photos

  A long suffering gum tree
by iandsmith

This tree is more than just a tree. It is actually riddled with mistletoe. Mistletoe is a parasitical plant that may eventually kill the host tree by weakening it to a degree where it is vulnerable to diseases.
It is transported from tree to tree by the mistletoe bird. It's a pretty bird with a scarlet chest and black wings that make it instantly recognizable. The mistletoe bird eats the seeds of the mistletoe, can't get rid of them properly because they're sticky and so wipes its backside on the branch of the tree and leaves the seed behind.
The reddish colours in this tree represent the mistletoe so you can clearly ascertain just how far it has spread in this case.

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2012
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