Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Notothixos subaureus Oliv.
Oliver, D. (1863) Journal Linnaen Society Botany 7: 103. Type: Brisbane R., July 1855, F. Mueller; Lecto: K; Iso: MEL; Moreton Bay,july 1855,F.Mueller; Syn K, MEL; Lake Macquarie, Backhouse; Syn: K.
Inflorescence and flower buds clothed in dentritic hairs, each hair resembling a miniature pine tree. Flowers borne in cymules of 5-8 flowers. Flowers small, tepals (corolla lobes) about 0.5-0.7 mm long. Male flowers: Disk green and fleshy. Anthers less than 0.25 mm long. Staminal filaments lass than 0.25 mm long. Anther locules difficult to differentiate, opening by way of numerous pores. Pollen white or cream-yellow. Female flowers: Flowers about 2 mm diam. Disk green, covering the surface of the ovary. Ovary (hypanthium) about 1.5 mm long. Style absent or very short, style + stigma no more than 0.25 mm long. No locules or ovules visible in the ovary.
Fruits globular, about 4-5 mm diam., tepals about 0.5-0.7 mm long, persistent at the apex. Fruits clothed in branched or plumose hairs each resembling a miniature pine tree. Seeds immersed in a sticky, transparent mucilage. Seeds flattened, about 2.5-4.5 x 2-2.5 mm, testa marked by a reticulation of narrow white lines. endosperm pale green, embryo darker green. Embryo about 1.6-1.6 x 0.4 mm. Cotyledons about 0.5 mm long and not as wide as the radicle.
Parasitic on a variety of rain forest plants particularly in Rutaceae, Lauraceae and Loranthaceae.