Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae
- Mistletoe family
Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006) Viscaceae FZ 9(3)
Description of the family
Dioecious or monoecious perennial herbs or shrubs, hemiparasitic on the stems of woody plants. Stems green, brittle, often with swollen, articulated nodes. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, simple, evergreen, often reduced to scales. Flowers minute, unisexual. Perianth segments usually 2-4. Male flowers with stamens as many as sepals; style vestigial or 0. Female flowers with short or 0 style and linear or capitate stigma. Ovary inferior. Fruit a 1-seeded berry.
Worldwide: 7 genera and 385 species, cosmopolitan, occurring particularly in tropical and warm areas.
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Other sources of information about Viscaceae:
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Viscaceae
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: Family page: Viscaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=233, retrieved 21 May 2013