Louisa’s Mistletoe

An unusual plant named after a remarkable woman

“Atkinsonia ligustrina” by [S u m m i t] s c a p e is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Louisa’s Mistletoe (Atkinsonia ligustrina) is an unusual plant.

Most other mistletoes in the family Loranthaceae grow on tree branches. They are common on eucalypts, and plants may be so big they stand out among a tree’s own foliage. But Louisa’s Mistletoe is different. It is one of the…



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Bronwen Scott

Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com