Nilgiri Mistletoe
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Nilgiri Mistletoe
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Nilgiri Mistletoe
Botanical name: Dendrophthoe neelgherrensis    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus neelgherrensis

Nilgiri Mistletoe is a large woody parasitic shrub. Branches are transversally wrinkled, hairless. Leaves are up to 7-10 x 3.5 cm, obovate, blunt, leathery, narrowed to the base, stalk up to 7 mm long. Flowers are borne 3-6 together in cymes in leaf axils. Stalks of the cluster is 7 mm long, slender. Bracts are small, ovate, flower-stalks 3 mm long, puberulus, calyx obscurely toothed. Flowers are 1.5-2.0 cm long, yellow, cut to below the middle, petals recurved. Berry is 7 x 4 mm, obovoid. Nilgiri Mistletoe is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: March-July.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

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