Viscum verrucosum Harv.

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Viscum verrucosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Viscum verrucosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Viscum verrucosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Viscum verrucosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

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Common names:
Status: Native
Leafless parasitic, densely branched shrub-like plant, up to c.1 m long. Branches pale green with rounded segments. Flowers unisexual on different plants. Bracteal cups sessile in both sexes. Male flowers in 2-3-flowers clusters; female flowers solitary. Fruiting pedicels 1-2 mm long. Berries 5-6 mm long, densely tuberculed when young, less so to nearly smooth and pale yellow-orange when mature.
Type location:
Syntypes from South Africa
Notes: Always found on Acacia.
Derivation of specific name: verrucosum: warty
Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Jun - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 9 April 2015

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 126 - 127. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 366. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 83.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 299. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Viscaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 202. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 526 - 527. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 111.

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Flora of Botswana: Viscum verrucosum
Flora of Mozambique: Viscum verrucosum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Viscum verrucosum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Viscum verrucosum
African Plant Database: Viscum verrucosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Viscum verrucosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Viscum verrucosum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Viscum verrucosum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Viscum verrucosum
JSTOR Plant Science: Viscum verrucosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Viscum verrucosum
Plants of the World Online: Viscum verrucosum
Tropicos: Viscum verrucosum
Wikipedia: Viscum verrucosum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Viscum verrucosum., retrieved 17 April 2024

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