Form of Flattery: mistletoe imitates gum blossom

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Mistletoe in Australia is generally considered an ugly business, and causes many tree deaths. It fascinates me how it cleverly, yet unconvincingly, mimics the host plant. This blossom is from a mistletoe in a eucalyptus, where the leaves are more vibrantly coloured, and the blossom spindlier.
I wonder if May Gibbs ever had mistletoe babies in her children’s stories?

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