Clive cornford wrote:
>I am preparing a public lecture on plants associated with
>Christmas. My aim is to use the occasion to feature some underlying biology
>eg. use mistletoe to talk about parasitism, christmas flowering
>plants for photoperiodism, juvenile and adult leaf forms etc. If
>anyone has any interesting anecdotes, examples and
>suggestions, local customs etc, please email me.
You might like to mention the Western Australian Christmas Tree, Nuytsia
floribunda (Loranthaceae) since it is both a christmas tree and a
It is an evergreen tree growing to a height of 10m with masses of orange
golden flowers at Christmas time. It parasitises the roots of a range of
trees and has been known to attack coax cables. It is native to light,
sandy soils of SW Western Australia. It can be propagated from stem and
root cuttings provided that it has a host plant nearby.
bob at acsusun.acsu.unsw.edu.auvickery at mpx.com.au