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Clasping Leaf Mistletoe   
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Clasping Leaf Mistletoe
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Clasping Leaf Mistletoe
Botanical name: Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexifolia    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus amplexicaulis, Scurrula amplexifolia

Clasping Leaf Mistletoe is a variety of Honey Suckle Mistletoe which is more robust than var. falcata. Leaves are larger, stalkless, round to oblong, 10-18 cm across and heart-shaped-stem-clasping at base. The flowers are longer, more than 6.5 cm long. The filaments are hairy. The endosperm bears hairless horns, which do not fork. Clasping Leaf Mistletoe is found in subtropical evergreen forests of Western Ghats, above 1200 m altitude, found on a variety of hosts, in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-April.

Identification credit: Radha Veach Photographed in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.

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