Viscum shirense Sprague

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Viscum shirense

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along track going up Serra Vumba, Manica

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Synonyms: Aspidixia junodii Tiegh.
Viscum junodii Engl. ex Sprague
Common names:
Status: Native
Leafless, pendulous, parasitic shrubs, favouring Bridelia as a host. Branches with flattened segments, 15-25 mm long and up to 4 mm wide. Bracteal cups sessile with flowers solitary or, occasionally up to 3. Berries round to ovoid-ellipsoid, 3-5 mm long, smooth, orange, on a short but distinct pedicel, 1-1.5mm long.
Derivation of specific name: shirense: of the Shire area in southern Malawi.
Habitat: In riverine forest, high-rainfall miombo woodland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: Up to 1760 m
Flowering time:All year but mainly Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Southern DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Friday 2 March 2012

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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 83.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 102.

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Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Viscaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 205 - 206.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 185.

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Flora of Malawi: Viscum shirense
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Viscum shirense., retrieved 19 May 2024

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