Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Loranthaceae

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998) Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006) Loranthaceae FZ 9(3)

Description of the family

Shrubs, hemiparasitic on the branches of woody dicotyledons, attached by woody haustoria, with or without surface runners producing secondary haustoria. Stems brittle, not articulated. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate or opposite, rarely whorled, simple. Flowers bisexual, 4-5-merous, borne singly or in racemes, umbels or heads. Calyx fused, often a low rim. Corolla usually large and colourful, often red and yellow. Petals free or united into a tube. Ovary inferior. Fruit a 1-seeded berry.

Worldwide: 68 genera and 900 species in tropical and temperate areas.

Zimbabwe: 14 genera and 36 taxa.

Globimetula mweroensis

More sample images from the Loranthaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Tapinanthus oleifolius

Tapinanthus oleifolius

Englerina oedostemon

Englerina oedostemon

Erianthemum ngamicum

Erianthemum ngamicum

Helixanthera woodii

Helixanthera woodii

Oliverella rubroviridis

Oliverella rubroviridis

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Actinanthella BalleDescription
Agelanthus Tiegh.Description, Image
Englerina Tiegh.Description, Image
Erianthemum Tiegh.Description, Image
Globimetula Tiegh.Description, Image
Helixanthera Lour.Description
Oliverella Tiegh.Description
Oncocalyx Tiegh.Description
Pedistylis WiensDescription
Phragmanthera Tiegh.Description
Plicosepalus Tiegh.Description, Image
Spragueanella BalleDescription
Tapinanthus (Blume) Rchb.Description, Image
Vanwykia WiensDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Loranthaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Loranthaceae
Flora of Zambia: Loranthaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Loranthaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Loranthaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=125, retrieved 29 July 2014

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