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Tupeia antarctica - tāpia, white mistletoe

Mistletoe family: Loranthaceae

Tupeia antarctica is a small semi-parasitic shrub with hairy stems and leaf stalks with bright green leaves. The attachment to the host develops a large gall. Leaves vary in size and shape and are sometimes deciduous. It is a partial parasite on a wide range of hosts.
An endemic genus with one species found in lowlands of North and South Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 1 m

Arrangement of parts : symmetric


Flower size:  3-5 mm diam.

Leaf form:  ovate, elliptic

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 4, green, yellow

Leaf size: 10-70 mm


Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs

Sexuality: unisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 4

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless 

Fruit: fleshy