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Alepis flavida - yellow mistletoe, pirita

Mistletoe family: Loranthaceae

Alepis flavida is a small shrub with dull green leathery leaves with reddish margins. A partial parasite on mountain and black beech, attaching by suckers (haustoria) to the outer branches. Formerly placed in the genus Elytranthe.
An endemic genus with one species found in mountain forest on the South Island but uncommon on the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 2 m

Arrangement of parts; symmetric


Flower size: 5-8 mm diam. X 10-20 mm long

Leaf form: narrow, oblong

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 5-6, yellow, orange

Leaf size: 2-5 cm


Leaf arrangement

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: opposite pairs

Stamens: 5-6

Leaf margin: toothed, red

Ovary: below tepals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy