Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Santalales

Loranthaceae

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998) Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006) Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Shrubs, hemiparasitic on the branches of woody dicotyledons, attached by woody haustoria, with or without surface runners producing secondary haustoria. Stems brittle, not articulated. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate or opposite, rarely whorled, simple. Flowers bisexual, 4-5-merous, borne singly or in racemes, umbels or heads. Calyx fused, often a low rim. Corolla usually large and colourful, often red and yellow. Petals free or united into a tube. Ovary inferior. Fruit a 1-seeded berry.

Worldwide: 68 genera and 900 species in tropical and temperate areas.

Botswana: 5 genera and 10 taxa.

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GenusContent
Agelanthus Tiegh.Description
Erianthemum Tiegh.Description
Oliverella Tiegh.Description
Plicosepalus Tiegh.Description
Tapinanthus (Blume) Rchb.Description

Other sources of information about Loranthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Loranthaceae
Flora of Malawi: Loranthaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Loranthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Loranthaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Loranthaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Loranthaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Botswana: Family page: Loranthaceae.
http://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=125, retrieved 14 December 2017

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