Pale Bark Mistletoe
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Pale Bark Mistletoe
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Pale Bark Mistletoe • Mizo: Chawngduma-sai-ngho
Botanical name: Elytranthe albida    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus albidus, Elytranthe henryi

Pale Bark Mistletoe is a parasitic shrubs 2-3 m tall. Branches are cylindrical, with pale bark. Leaf stalks are 2-3 cm long, carrying elliptic to narrowly ovate leaves, 8-16 cm long, 4.5-6 cm wide. Leaves are leathery, with somewhat prominent veins, and have a pointed tip. Flower spikes are solitary or fascicled in leaf axils, 2-4-flowered. Spikes are carried on stout stalks 5-10 mm long. Bract are ovate, 6-10 × 4-6 mm, bracteoles oblong-ovate, 8-12 mm. Sepal cup is ellipsoid, about 2 mm. Mature buds are 6-7 cm long. Flowers are red, with the tube slightly curved, inflated. Petals are lanceolate, about 2 cm, turned back. Filaments are 8-10 mm, with the anthers 4.5-6 mm. Berry is ellipsoid, about 5 mm. Pale Bark Mistletoe is found forests, mountain slopes, in NE India, at altitudes of 800-2300 m. Flowering: November-April.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Mizoram.

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