Wedge-Leaf Mistletoe
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Wedge-Leaf Mistletoe
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Wedge-Leaf Mistletoe • Malayalam: Ottupuluri
Botanical name: Taxillus cuneatus    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Dendrophthoe cuneata, Loranthus cuneatus, Loranthus montanus

Wedge-Leaf Mistletoe is parasitic shrub, with branches slender, wrinkled, hairless. Leaves are simple, alternate, up to 3 x 1.5 cm, obovate, rounded or flat at tip, base wedge-shaped and forming wings on the leaf-stalk; nerves obscure; leaf-stalk 2-4 mm long. Flowers are borne 2-5 in stalkless or stalked fascicles in leaf-axils, bracts 2 mm long, obovate. Sepal-cup is 2 mm long, tube nearly cylindric, limb irregularly toothed, velvet-hairy. Flowers are 2-3 cm long, tube inflated at middle, curved, 5-ribbed, greenish-white; lobes linear, recurved or spreading. Stamens protrude beyond the flower tube; filaments dark red. Berry is 8 mm long, ovoid, crowned by the sepal-teeth, crimson. Wedge-Leaf Mistletoe is found in peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: R. Kottaimuthu Photographed in Thirukkurungudi - Nambi Kovil, KMTR, Tamil Nadu.

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