Mature stem of the threatened (vulnerable), parasitic plant Thesium australe – among the smallest members of the sandalwood family. The flowers are about 3mm across and the fruit matures within a couple of weeks as can be seen from the fruit lower on the stem. The yellow colour is distinctive and makes the plant stand out in the field. The plant relies on the grasses Themeda australis (Kangaroo grass), Sorghum leiocladum (native sorghum) and other related grasses. This was in a road reserve at Swan Brook, east of Inverell in northern NSW.
Camera: Olympus e420 with 50mm manual lens and 22mm of extension rings.