African Plant Database

Viscum combreticola Engl.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 40: 542 (1908)
Information on the genus : Viscum
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Viscum ugandense Sprague (1911)
=*Viscum hildebrandtii auct.(1) sensu Balle p.p. (ex Katanga)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Leafless dioecious shrub 1-2 m tall, with older stems pendulous, yellowish green; distal branches 4-6 mm Ø, flattened, strongly ribbed, rounded with age; fruit orange, tuberculate when young, but smooth when ripe.
Ecology : Mixed woodland, Miombo, riverine formations; on a wide range of hosts, commonly Combretum, various legumes incl. Brachystegia; widespread. 425-2100 m alt.
  Variable, but without geographical patterns of variation.
  Similar in habit to V. shirense, V. cylindricum (difficult to distinguish on sterile material). Male inflorescences and fruits needed for separation.A member of the V. shirense group.
  NE S. Africa, Botswana.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: perennial -Shrub, Parasite - Ht 0.5 - 2 m. Alt: 425 - 1555 m. Distribution: FS, GA, LP, MP, NW

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 3: 231 (1937).
  • SMITH G.F. , E.J. VAN JAARSVELD & AL. (1997). List of Southern African Succulent Plants. Umdaus Press : 159
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