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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1023. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A semi-parasitic genus of 60-70 tropical and temperate species, mainly in Africa, Madagascar, China, India, Burma, Australia and the E.Indies. Represented in W. Pakistan by 2 species.


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Plants dioecious, shrubby, glabrous; branches 2 or more per node. Leaves opposite, coriaceous, sometimes scale-like. Flowers small, unisexual, axillary or at the nodes. Perianth-tube short, 3-4 lobed; lobes deciduous or persistent. Stamens sessile, epiphyllous; anthers dehiscing by pores. Ovary inferior, adnate to the perianth-tube; placentation basal; stigma sessile or sub-sessile. Fruit a semi-transparent berry.

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1 Flowers in sessile heads. Bract ciliate. Berry white, sessile Viscum album
+ Flowers in pedunculate heads. Bract not ciliate. Berry red, pedicellate Viscum cruciatum
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