Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Santalales

Viscaceae - Mistletoe family

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006) Viscaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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.

Comment: This family is now longer recognized. All genera, such as Viscum, have now been included in the family Santalaceae.

Worldwide: 7 genera and 385 species, cosmopolitan, occurring particularly in tropical and warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 0 genera and 0 taxa.

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Flora of Botswana: Viscaceae
Flora of Malawi: Viscaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Viscaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Viscaceae
Flora of Zambia: Viscaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Viscaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Viscaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=233, retrieved 24 June 2017

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