Red-Berry Mistletoe   
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Red-Berry Mistletoe
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Red-Berry Mistletoe
Botanical name: Viscum cruciatum    Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood family)
Synonyms: Viscum orientale

Red-Berry Mistletoe is bushy plant growing on trees. Stem are up to 2 ft long, dichotomously branched, jointed. Leaves are stalkless, 2-4 cm long, 6-13 mm wide, elliptic to inverted-lancesaped, entire, blunt, 3-nerved. Flowers are stalkless, in 2-4 flowered, stalked clusters. Cluster-stalk is 3-5 mm long, bracts 2, 1.5-2 mm long, pointed, fused, forming a boat-shaped bracteal cup. Tepals are 3-4, thick, triangular, 1 mm long, eventually falling off. Stamens are 4, ovary stalkless, obovoid, 2 mm long, stigma conical, 0.5 mm long. Berries are red, nearly spherical, 6 mm across, 1-seeded. Red-Berry Mistletoe is found in Europe, N Africa, Australia and Asia. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka.

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