Viscum tuberculatum Hochst. ex A. Rich.

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Viscum tuberculatum

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Viscum tuberculatum

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Viscum tuberculatum

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Viscum tuberculatum

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Viscum tuberculatum

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Viscum tuberculatum

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

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Synonyms: Viscum camporum Engl. & K. Krause
Viscum holstii Engl.
Viscum spragueanum Burtt Davy
Viscum stuhlmannii Engl.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Densely branched, leafy parasitic shrub, up to 50 cm high. Leaves very variable, spathulate-oblanceolate to obovate-rotund, 15-40 mm long, sometimes 3-veined, base running down into a subpetiole; margin often yellowish or minutely whitish crenulate. Flowers in clusters of unisexual clusters of 1-3, sometimes with a central female flower subtended by 2 male flowers. Fruit sessile, ovoid, 5-6 mm high, densely tuberculate when young, orange and less tuberculate when ripe.
Notes: This species is not listed for Botswana in Polhill & Wiens, 2006 (Flora Zambesiaca 9-3) nor in Setshogo, 2005 ( Sabonet 37).
Derivation of specific name: tuberculatum: tuberculate or warty, referring to the fruit.
Habitat: Found on Celastraceae, Combretum and Flacourtia in bushland, woodland and at the edges of drier evergreen forest.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Eastern half of Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa and from Rwanda to Angola and Namibia.
Botswana distribution: SE
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Sunday 14 September 2014
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 285.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

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 Pages 290 - 291. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Viscaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 199 - 201. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Viscum tuberculatum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Viscum tuberculatum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121270, retrieved 27 May 2020

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