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Tiny bush | by Nuytsia@Tas
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Tiny bush

Exocarpos nanus growing on a rock outcrop near lake Ada, Central Highlands, Tasmania. Both this and Exocarpos humifusus are usually found growing over rock surfaces whilst rooted in soil between stones or in rock fissures. All members of the Santalaceae are parasitic plants. Their roots attach to the roots of neighbouring plants and steal moisture and nutrients from them.

This was my first encounter with this diminutive species and means I've seen four of Tassie's five species! :-)

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Taken on March 15, 2008