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Small shrubby parasites on stems of host trees, with fascicled stems. Leaves absent or reduced to rudimentary scales. Flowers: minute, solitary or fascicled, sessile or sunk in the branch, ebracteate, unisexual or bisexual, monochlamydous. Male flowers: perianth tube short, solid; lobes 3 - 6, valvate; stamens as many as and opposite to and inserted at the base of the perianth lobes; filaments short, compressed; anthers cordate, 2-loculed, longitudinally dehiscing; disc flat or slightly conic. Female flowers: perianth-tube adnate to the ovary; lobes 4 - 8, valvate; ovary inferior, 1-loculed; ovules 2 or 3, pendulous from and appressed to the top of a conical central column; styles short, stout; stigmas entire or 3-lobed. Bisexual flowers: similar to female ones. Fruits drupaceous, ovoid or oblong with a crown of persistent perianth-lobes; seed solitary.

NE. India, Myanmar to Malesia, ca 8 species; one in India.

Literature. DANSER, B. H. (1939). A revision of the genus Phacellaria (Santalaceae). Blumea 3: 212 - 235.

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