Heart-Leaf Mistletoe
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Heart-Leaf Mistletoe
ative Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Heart-Leaf Mistletoe
Botanical name: Scurrula cordifolia    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus cordifolius, Dendrophthoe cordifolia

Heart-Leaf Mistletoe is a parasitic shrub. Young shoots and leaves are covered with a tawny, appressed hairs. Leaves are opposite, broadly ovate, 5-9 cm long, 2.5-6 cm broad, hairless when mature. Leaf-stalks are 4-9 mm long. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm long, velvety, borne in fascicles in leaf axils. Flower-stalks are 2 mm long, buds pointed. Calyculus is short, entire. Flower-tube is curved, greenish-brown, velvety, petals 4, pointed. Stamens are 4, filaments crimson. Stigma is club-shaped. Berry is 6-7 mm long, ellipsoid to top-shaped. Heart-Leaf Mistletoe is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, and other parts of India. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Morni Hills, Haryana & Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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