Viscum combreticola Engl.

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Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mberengwa - West Nicholson road

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mberengwa - West Nicholson road

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mberengwa - West Nicholson road

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mberengwa - West Nicholson road

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo.

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo.

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo.

Viscum combreticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo.

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Synonyms: Viscum dichotomum sensu D. Don
Viscum shirense sensu Hutchinson
Viscum ugandense Sprague
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Leafless, parasitic, pendulous shrub, 1-3 mm long. Branches yellowish-green with distinctly flattened and strongly ribbed internodes. Flowers unisexual on different plants; male flowers in 2-3-flowered clusters; female flowers solitary; bracteal cups sessile in both sexes. Berries sessile, 6-7 mm long, tuberculate when young but smooth and orange when mature.
Notes: Mostly found on Combretum or legumes but occasionally on other trees.
Derivation of specific name: combreticola: Combretum loving although also found on legumes and other tree species.
Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland, miombo woodland and riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mainly Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and North-west, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Thursday 26 May 2016
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 283. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 126 - 127. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 364. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 83.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 303. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Viscaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 204 - 205.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 111.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 184.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Page 308.


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Flora of Botswana: Viscum combreticola
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African Plant Database: Viscum combreticola
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Viscum combreticola
Tropicos: Viscum combreticola
West African Plants database: Viscum combreticola


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Viscum combreticola.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121200, retrieved 24 August 2016

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