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Pakistan | Family List | Loranthaceae | Viscum

Viscum cruciatum Sieber ex Spreng., Syst. 1: 488. 1825. Boiss., Voy. Bot. Midi. Esp. 2: 274. 1839; Fl. Or. 4: 1069. 1879; P.W. Ball in Tutin et al, l.c; Post, Fl. Syr. Pal. Sinai, 712.1896.

  • Viscum orientale DC.

    Plant bushy; stem up to 60 cm long, dichotomously branched, jointed. Leaves sessile, 2-4 cm long, 0.6 to 1.3 cm braod, elliptic to oblanceolate, entire, obtuse, 3-nerved. Flowers sessile in 2-4 flowered, pedunculate fascicles; peduncle 3-5 mm long; bracts 2, 1.5-2 mm long, acute connate, forming a boat-shaped bracteal cup. Perianth lobes 3-4, thick, triangular, 1 mm long, caducous. Stamens 4; anther dehiscence porose. Ovary sessile, obovoid, 2 mm long; stigma conical, 0.5 mm long. Berry subglobose, 6 mm long, 1-seeded, red.

    Fl. Per.: April-May.

    Type: “Palaestina, Ind. Orient”.

    Distribution: S.W. Spain, S. Portugal, N. Africa, Australia and Asia.

    In Pakistan the species grows in the Kurram Valley and Swat, mostly on olive trees. It is also valuable as decoration during the Christmas season.


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