LoranthaceaeShowy Mistletoe family






Identification
  - Leaves simple, opposite, entire, fleshy and glabrous.
  - No stipules or interpetiolar ridge.
  - Orange flowers in groups of 3.
  - Fleshy, oblong, orange fruit with one seed.

Diagnosis: One species of small tree, without stipules, leaves simple opposite, entire, fleshy, no interpetiolar ridge, glabrous, sunken midvein, orange flowers and fruits.

Similar families
Hippocrateaceae: orange layer in bark, tiny stipules.
Myrtaceae: translucent yellow dots, aromatic odor.
Oleaceae: leaves obovate with conspicuouslateral veins.

Diversity: Total: 5 genera, 13 species. Trees: 1 genus, 1 species.



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