Butterfly-Bush Mistletoe
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Butterfly-Bush Mistletoe
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Butterfly-Bush Mistletoe
Botanical name: Scurrula buddleioides    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus buddleioides, Scurrula buddleioides var. buddleioides

Butterfly-Bush Mistletoe is a parasitic her with simple, opposite leaves which are ovate-elliptic, blunt-tipped, margin entire, base rounded, 2.5-7 cm long, 2.5-4 cm broad. Leaves are velvet-hairy above, brown velvety underneath. Flowers are borne in umbel-like cymes in leaf axils. They are red, with 4 petals, tube split half way on one side. Fruit is club-shaped. Butterfly-Bush Mistletoe is found in Indomalesia. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed at Nandi Hills, Karnataka.

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