African Plant Database

Viscum shirense Sprague
Family : Viscaceae
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 184 (1911)
Information on the genus : Viscum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aspidixia junodii Tiegh. (1896)
=Viscum junodii (Tiegh.) Engl. (1897)
=Viscum anceps auct. sensu Engl. 1901, non Sprague
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Leafless dioecious shrub with mostly pendulous branches <0,5- >1 m long; distal branches flattened, 2-3(-4) mm wide; fruit pedicellate, smooth, orange.
Ecology : Coastal and riverine forest; river banks; woodland in higher rainfall areas, edges of montane forest; on various hosts (e.g. Gardenia, Prunus africana, Albizia), commonly Bridelia at higher altitudes.
  Very variable species, in: size, length and width of internodes, size of fruit; with a certain geographical pattern.
  near sea-level -900-1750 m alt.(Mozambique).. Related to V. congdonii but differs by narrower ultimate internodes and smaller fruits.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 676 (2006).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 123717
Record n°123717 modified 2007-01-30
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