Notothixos

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Aerial shrubs, stem-parasitic, erect, spreading or pendulous, whole plant or at least young parts with a dense indumentum of dendritic or stellate hairs and/or peltate scales; stems often dichotomously branched, branches with 1 pair of prophylls and 1 pair of acute cataphylls at right-angles to them near base. Leaves petiolate, curvinerved. Inflorescence terminal, of 1 or more small fan-like cymes (cymules), each subtended by a pair of narrow, acute bracts; cymules solitary or in determinate (in Victoria) or indeterminate conflorescences. Flowers 3–13 per cymule, developing centrifugally, the central one(s) male, laterals female; male flowers 4-merous, anthers many-celled, ovoid to reniform, on a short filament; female flowers 4-merous, ovary cylindric to barrel-shaped. Fruit usually ellipsoidal, crowned by persistent tepals.

8 species, from Sri Lanka through South-east Asia to eastern Australia; 4 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Viscaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Santalaceae
Higher taxa
genus Notothixos
Subordinate taxa