Macrosolen cochinchinensis (Lour.) Tiegh.

Etymology Genus Large tubes; probably referring to its tubular flowers
Species After Cochinchina, a region which is now part of south Vietnam
Family Loranthaceae
Synonyms Loranthus cochinchinensis Lour.
Common Names Common Chinese Mistletoe
Status Native: Common
Form Hemi-parasitic epiphyte
Native Distribution From Himalayas to South China, Indochina, and Malesia


Macrosolen cochinchinensis is the second most widespread and common mistletoe in urban areas of Singapore. In contrast with other mistletoes, it has oppositely arranged leaves, and the leaves are broadly elliptic, pointed at the ends, and are bend upwards along the mid-veins. The flower buds are very distinctive with their yellow tips.

Interesting Facts:

The Common Chinese Mistletoe infects a large number of woody plant species, therefore it doesn't seem to be specific to any hosts.

The Common Chinese Mistletoe attached to its host tree. The leaves are all very uniformly shaped and bend upwards at the mid-veins.

The leaves are opposite and have pointed ends.

Suction-cup like haustoria attaching to the host tree.

Flower buds have a yellow tip.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-07-07 / Modified: 2017-12-25