Viscum exile

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Viscum exile


Plant slender, pendulous. Leaves normally developed or rudimentary, the normal ones probably caducous; lamina in normal leaves flat, linear, attenuate at the base to an obscure petiole 1-2 mm long, attenuate and acute at the apex, 35-50 mm long, 1-2 mm wide in the middle, without visible venation; rudimentary leaves occasional, spreading, narrow, acute, c. 1 mm long. Inflorescence axillary, a pedunculate cymule of 3 flowers subtended by a cupule c. 0.5 mm long, with the middle flower female and the lateral flowers male; peduncle 2-4 mm long. Fruit globose, contracted at the base to a stipe c. 0.5 mm long, tuberculate, green.


Asia-Tropical: Sulawesi (Sulawesi present)
Malesia: Celebes.


Similar to some forms of V. ovalifolium in inflorescence characters, but sharply distinct vegetatively. Superficially the plant appears leafless because of the very narrow leaves which fall early.