Cinnamon Mistletoe
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Cinnamon Mistletoe
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Cinnamon Mistletoe
Botanical name: Scurrula parasitica    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus cinnamomeus, Dendrophthoe cinnamomea

Cinnamon Mistletoe is a parasitic shrub, 0.5-1 m tall, with branches erect, woolly. Leaves are 5-9 x 3-5 cm, ovate, rounded at base and tip; golden woolly below; leaf-stalk up to 1 cm long. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in fascicles or in shortly stalked cymes, 16-20 together. Bract are ovate, densely woolly; sepal-cup cup-shaped. Flowers are 1.5 cm long, slender, densely woolly, petals 4, ovate, pointed; stamens 4, filaments hairless; stigma club-shaped. Berry is obovoid, densely hairy. Cinnamon Mistletoe is native of India to SE Asia. It is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Bhutan, at altitudes of 200-2200 m. Flowering: October-January.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Neri, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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