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Dendrophthoe incarnata (Jack) Miq.

Bukit Diman, Ajil, Terengganu, Malaysia.

[Image credit Dr. Abdul Ghani Hussain (MD), Malaysia].

 

Dendrophthoe incarnata (Jack) Miq. Loranthaceae, alt. Santalaceae. CN: [Malay and regional vernacular names - Bedalu api gajah, Mendalu], Mistletoe. Distribution - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia. Found in lowland areas of Malaysia, at elevations usually below 200 m but occasionally to 1,050 m. A parasitic plant growing on the stems of various tree species, both wild and cultivated. On cultivated trees, particularly Citrus, Ficus and Nephelium spp. Flowers on leafless parts of branches pendent. Corolla dark pink, lobes pale green, fruit pink fleshy.The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use. The leaves, combined with turmeric (Curcuma longa) and rice (Oriza sativa), are used as a poultice to get rid of ringworm.

 

Synonym(s):

Dendrophthoe dasystemon Miq.

Dendrophthoe grandifrons (King) Danser

Loranthus grandifrons King

 

Ref. and suggested reading:

FRIM Flora Database

www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2760908

biocache.ala.org.au/occurrence/b57fcd72-13ae-4ba3-bd4a-d5...

theferns.info/tropical/viewtropical.php?id=Dendrophthoe%2...

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Taken on January 23, 2014