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Viscum mysorense Gamble in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925: 329. 1925 & Fl. Madras 2 (7): 1259. 1925 (repr. ed. 2: 881. 1957); Sanjai & N.P.Balakr. in J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 25: 16, f. 1. 2001.

Plants possess a golden yellow colour on all parts; stems over 50 cm long, di- or trichotomously branched at nearly all the nodes, basal portion terete, 5 - 6 cm long, up to 3 mm thick, longitudinally wrinkled, slightly thickened at the nodes. Leaves dimorphic, the larger ones normally developed only at some nodes, the largest leaf lanceolate or spathulate, rounded at the apex, decurrent into a short petiole, up to 4 x 1 cm, thickly coriaceous, with 3 longitudinal nerves; petioles abaxially rounded and adaxially flat or canaliculate; the scale-like leaves appearing at most of the nodes, ca 0.5 mm long; prophylls 2, at the bases of all ramifications. Inflorescences usually axillary, sessile or shortly pedunculate, 1 – 3 flowered cymes; peduncle up to 1 mm long, bearing at apex 2 opposite acute bracts forming together a navicular cup up to 2 mm long, each bearing one sessile flower in its axil, devoid of a bracteal cup and usually male, rarely female, ca 1 mm long and compressed between the bracts and the middle flower; the middle flower female, rarely sessile and without bracteal cup, usually very shortly pedicellate and surrounded by a cup composed of two small bracts alternating with those of the lower pair. Fruits not seen.

Distrib. India: Known only from the type Meebold 8207 (K) from type locality Arisikere in Karnataka.


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