Jointed Mistletoe
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Jointed Mistletoe
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Jointed Mistletoe
Botanical name: Korthalsella japonica    Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood family)
Synonyms: Viscum japonicum, Viscum opuntia, Viscum glomeratum

Jointed Mistletoe is a green erect plant, usually 5-15 cm high, often densely branched by the occurrence of collateral branches arising from the nodes, perhaps slightly woody at the base. Internodes of lateral branches are 5-15 mm long, 1-3 mm wide, strongly flattened and generally dilated at the nodes. Leaves are fused into a ring. Inflorescence is lateral at node. Male flowers are greenish, nearly spherical in bud, about 0.5 mm, tepals triangular, synadrium spheric. Female flower are ellipsoid or ovoid in bud, 5-7 mm, tepals triangular, minute. Fruit is yellowish, nearly pear-shaped, 1-2 mm high. Jointed Mistletoe is found in Ethiopia and eastwards in mainland Asia to Japan and south to Australia. In India it is reported from the Himalayas.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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