Parasite Honeysuckle   
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Parasite Honeysuckle
ative Photo: Narendra Joshi
Common name: Parasite Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Macrosolen parasiticus    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Lonicera parasitica, Loranthus loniceroides

Parasite Honeysuckle is a parasitic shrub, found in the Western Ghats. It has stem thickened at nodes, like mistletoe. Oppositely arranged, ovate-lancelike leaves have sharp tip and rounded base. Leaf stalk is 6-12 mm long. Flowers are few, stalkless, in short spikes in leaf axils. Peduncle carrying the spikes is up to 1 cm long. Sepal cup is 2-3 mm long, cup-like. Flowers have a long, variegated, reddish flower tube, which is slightly curved. Six petals are 5-6 mm long, green, turned back. Stamens are 6, with filaments protruding out of the flower. Style is long, stigma nearly spherical. Fruit is a svoid berry, green, with persistent sepals. Flowering: June.

Identification credit: Narendra Joshi
Photographed in Mumbai.
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