Yellow mistletoe Alepis flavida

Key Features

  • Yellow mistletoe is a semi-parasitic shrub, which is mainly found on the outer branches of beech trees.
  • The leaves are oval, dull green and with a reddish margin.
  • The flowers are tubular, orange-yellow, and present in small clusters.

Distribution and Habitat

  • North Island (uncommon) and South Island.
  • Yellow mistletoe is most commonly found on mountain beech (Fuscospora cliffortioides) or black beech (Fuscospora solandri), but it has been recorded on 11 other indigenous species.


  • Pest animals (including possums).
  • Fire.
  • Collectors.
  • Destruction of habitat and hosts.
  • Vegetation succession.
  • Fungal diseases.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protect habitat.
  • Possum control by poisoning or trapping.
  • Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC.

Further Information and Support

  • Pest animal control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.


  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • Dopson et al. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
  • Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.