Three-Angled Mistletoe
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Three-Angled Mistletoe
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Three-Angled Mistletoe
Botanical name: Dendrophthoe trigona    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Elytranthe trigona

Three-Angled Mistletoe is a parasitic shrub with branches to 15 mm thick, rugose, hairless. Branchlets are triangular in cross section. Leaves are up to 20 x 13 cm, ovate, blunt, pointed at base, leathery; leaf-stalk 1.5 cm long, flattened or winged. Flowers are borne in racemes up to 3 cm long; bracts cup shaped. Flowers are pink; calyx cup-shaped, flat, hairless. Flower tube is 1.5-2.0 cm long, split to the middle. Berry is 1 x 0.5 cm, obovoid. Three-Angled Mistletoe is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka.

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