Dendrophthoe pauciflora

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Dendrophthoe pauciflora


Glabrous except for young shoots, inflorescences and flowers white to red-brown stellate hairy and sometimes eventually glabrescent. Leaves scattered; lamina elliptic to ovate or obovate, 3-11 by 2-6 cm, thin, attenuate or cuneate at the base to a sometimes obscure petiole (1—)3—10 mm long, acute to rounded at the apex, dull on both sides but slightly darker above; venation pinnate but somewhat curvinerved, with the midrib and main laterals raised below and obscure or visible above. Inflorescences usually several at the nodes, a 2- to 4-flowered raceme, sometimes subumbellate, sometimes prolonged slightly beyond the flower pedicels; axis (0.75-)2-5 mm long; pedicels 0.75-4 mm long.


Ambon present, Asia-Tropical: Sulawesi (Sulawesi present), Basilan present, Halmahera present
Malesia: Philippines (Basilan), Celebes, Moluccas (Halmahera, Ambon).


Of the three syntypes cited above, Riedel s. n. (BO) is the most substantial, and is accordingly chosen as lectotype of the species name. Closely related to Dendrophthoe pentandra, which reaches its eastward limits in Borneo and Flores; differs in having thinner leaves, shorter fewer-flowered inflorescence, more campanulate corolla tube and warty fruit.