Viscum nepalense

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Viscum nepalense


Plant slender to robust, pendulous. Leaves rudimentary, erect, 0.2-0.3 mm long. Inflorescence axillary, a sessile cymule of 1 flower subtended by a cupule c. 1 mm long, with subsidiary cymules developing lateral to the first one, with the first-formed flower female and the lateral flowers female or male. Fruit globose or slightly ellipsoid, sessile, smooth, pale coloured, probably yellowish.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), From India eastwards to southern China present
From India eastwards to southern China; Malesia: Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java.


Closely related to and sometimes difficult to distinguish from V. articulatum, differing in the flat, usually wider internodes, probably in having yellowish fruits, and possibly in the shorter rudimentary leaves. In contrast to V. articulatum, Viscum nepalense also apparently occurs commonly on hosts other than Loranthaceae or other Viscaceae. maintained the distinction between the two species, and commented on difficulty in discrimination. Slender specimens lacking fruit characters are difficult to place, especially in Java.


Danser 1941 – In: Blumea: 283