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.

Mozambique: 15 genera and 54 taxa.

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GenusContent
Actinanthella BalleDescription
Agelanthus Tiegh.Description
Englerina Tiegh.Description
Erianthemum Tiegh.Description
Globimetula Tiegh.Description
Helixanthera Lour.Description
Oliverella Tiegh.Description
Oncella Tiegh.Description
Oncocalyx Tiegh.Description
Pedistylis WiensDescription
Phragmanthera Tiegh.Description
Plicosepalus Tiegh.Description, Image
Spragueanella BalleDescription
Tapinanthus (Blume) Rchb.Description
Vanwykia WiensDescription

Other sources of information about Loranthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Loranthaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Loranthaceae
Flora of Malawi: 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 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Loranthaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=125, retrieved 21 November 2017

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