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  Dendrophthoe pentandra (L.) Miq.
  Family Name : Loranthaceae

  Synonyms : Amylotheca pentandrus

  Common Names : Malayan Mistletoe, Mistletoe Plant

  Chinese Name : 五蕊寄生

Malayan Mistletoe,Mistletoe Plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Woody; Trailing)
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Heterotrophic (Symbiotic - Parasite of)
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, East India, Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan.
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Common)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A parasitic, woody shrub, it can grow up to 2m in height.  
      Foliage: The simple leaves are arranged alternately along the branches and are lanceolate to elliptic in shape. The leaf blade is thick and leathery, the lateral veins are conspicuous and 2 to 4 pairs can be seen. The leaf blade is approximately 8 to 10cm long.  
      Stems: The stems are greyish and lenticellate. 
      Flowers: The cylindrical flowers are borne on axillary racemes and are bisexual. The corolla is pink or orange and is slightly inflated at the base. The stamens and stigma are extruded.  
      Fruits: The fruit is a red berry which is minutely pilose or glabrous.  
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden, Butterfly Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      [Remarks] (A parasitic plant, its growth on the host tree needs to be kept in check to prevent deterioration of the host tree.)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting, Caterpillar Food Plant (Leaves; Associated with: Delias hyparete metarete (Butler, 1879))
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Butterfly, Moth))
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Associated with: Mainly bird-dispersed)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate; Elliptical; Oblong)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acute, Rounded
      Foliar Base :
      Cuneate, Rounded / Obtuse
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Green, Orange, Pink, Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Inflorescence Type :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Pink, Red
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      [Remarks] (Minutely pilose or glabrous)
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)

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