African Plant Database

Viscum obovatum Harv.
Protologue : Harv. & Sond. Fl. Cap. 2: 579 (1862) 
Information on the genus : Viscum
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Viscum pulchellum Sprague (1915)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Leafy monoecious shrub <0,5 m tall, forming dense rounded clusters; distal branches rounded, internodes short (8-15-20mm), 2mm Ø,with often conspicuously swollen nodes;leaves obovate-rounded;fruit sessile,warty when young,less so when ripe,dull orange.
Ecology : Coastal and riverine forest and forest remnants; swamps; drier bushland inland; on various hosts (e.g. Dichrostachys, Galpinia, Maytenus, Mimusops, Ochna).
  3-610 m alt (S. Africa). Can be confused with V. tuberculatum, but leaves and fruit smaller; separated by different chromosome numbers. – A member of the V. tuberculatum group.
  E S. Africa (coastal), Swaziland.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: perennial -Shrub, Parasite - Ht +/- 0.5 m. Alt: 3 - 610 m. Distribution: EC, KN, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 159 (1997).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 676 (2006).
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