Taxillus chinensis (DC.) Danser

Etymology Genus Little-dice; probably referring to the fruits
Species China, probably first described from there
Family Loranthaceae
Synonyms Taxillus estipitatus (Stapf) Danser, Loranthus chinensis DC., Scurrula chinensis (DC.) G. Don
Common Names Chinese Mistletoe
Status Native: Critically Endangered
Form Epiphyte
Native Distribution China to Myanmar and Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, and northern Philippines


Taxillus chinensis is a very recognisable mistletoe, especially from its prominent wavy leaves. They are also oppositely arranged, oval or elliptic-shaped, and with blunt tips. The flowers are long, tubular and curved.

Interesting Facts:

The Chinese Mistletoe is abundant in East Coast Park and also its vincity, and observed to be parasitising on Lagerstroemia species, Casuarina equisetifolia, Cratoxylum formosum, and Callistemon viminalis. This is the only species of Taxillus found in Malesia (Barlow, 1997).

The Chinese Mistletoe growing on a Casuarina equisetifolia tree in East Coast Park.

The leaves are prominently wavy.

Tubular flower (bottom right).

Fruits are small and have warty surfaces.

Stem of the mistletoe hugging its host.


Barlow BA. (1997) Loranthaceae. Flora Malesia, 13: 403-442.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-11-10 / Modified: 2017-12-25