Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae
- Mistletoe family
Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006)
Viscaceae FZ 9(3)
Description of the family
Dioecious or monoecious perennial herbs or shrubs, hemiparasitic on the stems of woody plants. Stems green, brittle, often with swollen, articulated nodes. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, simple, evergreen, often reduced to scales. Flowers minute, unisexual. Perianth segments usually 2-4. Male flowers with stamens as many as sepals; style vestigial or 0. Female flowers with short or 0 style and linear or capitate stigma. Ovary inferior. Fruit a 1-seeded berry.
Worldwide: 7 genera and 385 species, cosmopolitan, occurring particularly in tropical and warm areas.
Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 9 taxa.
More sample images from the Viscaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)
|Viscum L.||Description, Image|
Other sources of information about Viscaceae:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
| cultivated ViscaceaeFlora of Zambia
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ViscaceaeGoogle
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Viscaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=233, retrieved 16 April 2014