Viscum orientale Willd.

 
  • Family : LORANTHACEAE
    (MISTLETOE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Santalaceae
  • Species : Viscum orientale
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Viscum cruciatum Sieber ex Boiss.
  • Vernacular name : Banda (Hin.); Chandra Badanika, Sundara Badanika (Tel.); Malang (Ori.)
  • Key identification features : A small semi-parasitic bushy shrub, 30-50 cm. Stem is cylindrical but the branchlets are four-angled, jointed and green. Flowers are unisexual, small, inconspicuous, sessile and often form a crowded cluster at the node. Floral lobes are four and are deciduous. Stamens are adnate to the floral lobes. Fruit is a globose green berry.
  • Habit : Parasite
  • Flower, Fruit : February-October
  • Comments : Often on plains to 1500 m on a wide variety of hosts.
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern (LC)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Malay Peninsula, New Guinea, Australia
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Viscum orientale. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.

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