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Wallich Mistletoe   
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Wallich Mistletoe
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Wallich Mistletoe
Botanical name: Helixanthera wallichiana    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Dendrophthoe wallichiana, Loranthus wallichianus

Wallich Mistletoe is a parasitic shrub, with round branchlets, which are warty. Flower-stalks are 3 mm long, bract adenate to the flower-stal, spoon-shaped, ciliate. Calyx is globose, 2 mm long, limb annular, obscure. Flowers are reddish, cylindrical in bud, lobes 4, ovate, acute, hairless. Leaves are simple, alternate and opposite, 5-10 x 3-6 cm, ovate, blunt, base narrow or rounded hairless. Lateral nerves are 2 or 3 pairs, leaf-stalks are 0.8-2 cm long. Flowers are borne in slender hairless racemes up to 3-6 cm long. Berry is 6 mm long, ovoid, rugose. Wallich Mistletoe is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur, Karnataka.

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