Parasite.....Friend or Foe by myraj

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Image captured at Lawrence NSW Australia
1000D Canon and edited by layering my own texture.
Mistletoe – friend or foe?
Aussie mistletoe facts and figures
90 species of mistletoe are native to Australia of which 71 are endemic to Australia
Mistletoe do NOT necessarily kill trees as this can lead to their own deaths
In low density, mistletoe have few deleterious effects on their hosts
Hosts have many defenses which may be less effective when the tree is stressed.
There is some evidence that unhealthy trees are more prone to mistletoe infection
One of few Australian groups pollinated AND dispersed by animals
Exhibits extended flowering and fruiting season. Regionally there is always fruit and nectar available
The fruit is high in protein, carbohydrates and lipids. Often at a time when nothing else is available
The leaves are very nutritious, high in nitrogen, phosphorous and trace elements
Feeds many Australian birds and mammals especially during droughts and seasonal scarcity
A great nesting spot for Australian birds and mammals
A site which offer dense cover and food close by
Mistletoe also encourages hollow formation on tree branches after the mistletoe dies

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parasite, mistletoe, myraj, canon

Thanks so much for looking at my work.
My husband and I are travelling around Australia in our caravan and 4×4 Colorado.
We visit lots of remote areas which do not have internet connection.
Will catch up with my RB friends when we are on-line.

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  • debsphotos
    debsphotosabout 2 years ago

    Well…I have a new respect for Mistletoe Myraj!! lol…Great info and image! *-)

  • Thanks so much Deb. RB is certainly a learning experience. I found this information fascinating.
    Myra

    – myraj

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

    Terrific write-up Myra to accompany your interesting photo.

  • hanks so much Roy. RB is certainly a learning experience. I found this information fascinating.
    Myra

    – myraj

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    Tammeraabout 2 years ago


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  • Sincere thanks for the feature Tammera. Much appreciated.
    Myra

    – myraj

  • Nicole  McKinney
    Nicole McKinneyalmost 2 years ago

    What an unusual image of mistletoe!! Just lovely! So my question is… is mistletoe actually a parasite? Does it feed off the host, or just hang there? Off to find some answers… congrats on a gorgeous image!

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