Botanical name: Korthalsella japonica Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood family)
Synonyms: Viscum japonicum, Viscum opuntia, Viscum glomeratum
Jointed Mistletoe is a green erect plant, usually 5-15 cm high, often densely branched by the occurrence of collateral branches arising from the nodes, perhaps slightly woody at the base. Internodes of lateral branches are 5-15 mm long, 1-3 mm wide, strongly flattened and generally dilated at the nodes. Leaves are fused into a ring. Inflorescence is lateral at node. Male flowers are greenish, nearly spherical in bud, about 0.5 mm, tepals triangular, synadrium spheric. Female flower are ellipsoid or ovoid in bud, 5-7 mm, tepals triangular, minute. Fruit is yellowish, nearly pear-shaped, 1-2 mm high. Jointed Mistletoe is found in Ethiopia and eastwards in mainland Asia to Japan and south to Australia. In India it is reported from the Himalayas.
Identification credit: Krishan Lal
The flower labeled Jointed Mistletoe is ...