home   about   search

biodiversity explorer

the web of life in southern Africa

Viscum (mistletoe genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core eudicots > Order: Santalales > Family: Santalaceae

About 100 species (African and Asian tropics, temperate Europe and Asia), of which 22 are native to southern Africa. The true Mistletoe Viscum album (in the Asterix books plucked by Getafix with his golden sickle) is found in Europe. 

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Viscum anceps


Viscum capense


Viscum congdonii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Viscum combreticola


Viscum continuum


Viscum crassulae


Viscum dielsianum


Viscum goetzei

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Viscum hoolei


Viscum menyharthii

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Viscum minimum


Viscum obovatum


Viscum obscurum


Viscum oreophilum


Viscum pauciflorum


Viscum rotundifolium


Viscum schaeferi


Viscum shirense

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Viscum subserratum


Viscum triflorum


Viscum tuberculatum


Viscum verrucosum