Heyne's Mistletoe
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Heyne's Mistletoe
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Heyne's Mistletoe
Botanical name: Taxillus heyneanus    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Taxillus bracteatus (B.Heyne ex Roxb.) Tiegh., Loranthus bracteatus

Heyne's Mistletoe is a parasitic shrub with branchlets tawny velvet-hairy. Leaves are alternate, to 2-4 x 1.5-3 cm, obovate, round, tip blunt, base wedge-shaped, velvet-hairy; leaf-stalk 1 cm. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils; flower-cluster-stalks up to 0.5 cm; bracts 1 x 0.5 cm, inverted-lanceshaped; velvet-hairy. Flower-stalks are 2 mm; calyx 2 mm, very white hairy, margins obscurely toothed; flower split on one side to half, dilated at middle, tube to 2 cm, woolly, lobes 5, 6 mm, oblong; filaments 3 mm; ovary 2 mm, oblong, style 2.5 cm, stigma spherical. Fruits are broadly ellipsoid, crowned by persistent calyculus, 9-12 x 3-4 mm, smooth, sparsely hairy. Heyne's Mistletoe is found in Deccan and Western Peninsula, found on a variety of hosts in scrub jungles, roadsides and deciduous forests, at low altitudes. Flowering: April-November.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka.

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