Amyema

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Amyema
Amyema-pendula-6.jpeg
Amyema pendula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Santalales
Family: Loranthaceae
Genus: Amyema
Tiegh.
Species

See text

Synonyms
  • Loranthus sect. Amyema Endl.
  • Loranthus sect. Pilostigma Engl.
  • Pilostigma Tiegh.
  • Xylochlamys Domin

Amyema is a genus of semi-parasitic shrubs (mistletoes) which occur in Malesia and Australia.

Species[edit]

There are approximately 90 species including the following:

Faunal associations[edit]

The mistletoebird is known to consume the fruit of Amyema quandang[1] as well as other mistletoe species from which its name is derived.

Larvae of the butterfly genus Delias often use various Amyema species as larval food plants. In doing so, the adults acquire a taste that is unpalatable to predators.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Nick (June 1990). "Mutualistic interdependence between mistletoes (Amyema quandang), and spiny-cheeked honeyeaters and mistletoebirds in an arid woodland". Austral Ecology. Ecological Society of Australia. 15 (2): 175–190. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.1990.tb01526.x. 
  2. ^ Orr & Kitching (2010). The Butterflies of Australia. Jacana Books. ISBN 9781741751086.