1. Family: Loranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Agelanthus Tiegh.
      1. Agelanthus natalitius (Meisn.) Polhill & Wiens

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Mozambique to E. Cape Prov.

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Flowers
    Flowers 3–6 at ends of short shoots, occasionally also in shortly pedunculate axillary umbels; short shoots 1–9 cm long; pedicels 7–10 mm long, glabrous to hispidulous; bracts with a triangular-ovate limb up to 12 mm long from a saucer-shaped base or sometimes larger, linear to foliaceous Flowers 3–6 at ends of short shoots, occasionally also in shortly pedunculate axillary umbels; short shoots 1–9 cm long; pedicels 7–10 mm long, glabrous to hispidulous; bracts with a triangular-ovate limb up to 12 mm long from a saucer-shaped base or sometimes larger, linear to foliaceous.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle 2–3 mm long, glabrous to puberulous; calyx 0.5–1 mm long, sinuate, ± split by expanding corolla Receptacle 2–3 mm long, glabrous to puberulous.
    Corolla
    Corolla 5–8 cm long, grey or white, lobes banded yellow or orange with yellow-green to red tips, glabrous to hispidulous, apiculate at apex of buds, only slightly swollen at base; lobes erect, 14–22 mm long, the upper two-thirds to three-quarters linear-lanceolate, shiny inside Corolla 5–8 cm long, grey or white, lobes banded yellow or orange with yellow-green to red tips, glabrous to hispidulous, apiculate at apex of buds, only slightly swollen at base; lobes erect, 14–22 mm long, the upper two-thirds to three-quarters linear-lanceolate, shiny inside.
    Stamens
    Stamens red (at least basally); filaments inflexed, with a small ledge near apex inside; anthers 5–6.5 mm long Stamens red (at least basally); filaments inflexed, with a small ledge near apex inside; anthers 5–6.5 mm long.
    Style
    Style swollen for 10–12 mm opposite filaments, with a neck 5.5–7.5 mm long above; stigma 0.5–1 mm across, capitate, ± bilobed
    Fruits
    Berry red, 12–15 × 12–13 mm, globose-obovoid. Berry red, 12–15 × 12–13 mm, globose-obovoid.
    Habit
    Plants glabrous. Shrub extending to 1 m or more, flowering on short shoots; branchlets slightly compressed at first, glabrous to densely hispidulous with short spreading hairs. Plants pubescent on twigs, peduncles, pedicels and to varying extent on leaves and flowers. Shrub extending to 1 m or more, flowering on short shoots; branchlets slightly compressed at first, glabrous to densely hispidulous with short spreading hairs
    Ecology
    Coastal bushland and mixed woodland, on Acacia and Combretum; flowering September to December. In mixed woodland and wooded grassland; 500–1260 m; on Acacia and Combretum; flowering mostly October to January.
    Type
    Type from South Africa (Gauteng). Type from South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
    Distribution
    Also in South Africa (North-West, Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces) and Swaziland. Zimbabwe MOZ M, ZIM C, ZIM E Mozambique John to Pietermaritzburg and around Barbeton (where it intergrades with subsp. zeyheri). Also in the lowlands and midlands of South Africa from Port St.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite to alternate on long shoots, crowded and smaller at base and tips of short shoots, deciduous; petiole 1–5 mm long; lamina coriaceous, grey-green to glaucous, 2–6 × 0.5–2 cm, linear-elliptic, linear-lanceolate, oblanceolate or obovate-elliptic, acute, obtuse or rounded at apex, narrowed at base, glabrous to densely puberulous, with 3–4 pairs of lateral nerves, the lower ones strongly ascending. Leaves opposite to alternate on long shoots, crowded and smaller at base and tips of short shoots, deciduous; petiole 1–5 mm long; lamina coriaceous, grey-green to glaucous, 2–6 × 0.5–2 cm, linear-elliptic, linear-lanceolate, oblanceolate or obovate-elliptic, acute, obtuse or rounded at apex, narrowed at base, glabrous to densely puberulous, with 3–4 pairs of lateral nerves, the lower ones strongly ascending
    Calyx
    Calyx 0.5–1 mm long, sinuate, ± split by expanding corolla.
    Pistil
    Style swollen for 10–12 mm opposite filaments, with a neck 5.5–7.5 mm long above; stigma 0.5–1 mm across, capitate, ± bilobed.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces

    Agelanthus natalitius (Meisn.) Polhill & Wiens appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in J.-P.Lebrun & A.L.Stork, Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: 164 (1992)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa: 1-370. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Mistletoes Afr.: 147, photos 50A–B, fig. 11 (1998).
    • Mistletoes Afr.: 149 (1998).
    • Lebrun & Stork, Enum. Pl. Afr. Trop. 2: 164 (1992)
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0