Herbs & Plants

Viscum orientale

Botanical Name: Viscum orientale
Family: Santalaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Santalales
Genus: Viscum

Synonyms: Viscum montanum, Viscum roxburghianum, Viscum pamattonis

Common Names: Oriental Mistletoe • Hindi: Baandaa *Bengali:Manda• Kannada: Asarebanda, Asura banda, asurabanda, Hasari badanike, Hasum banda • Malayalam: Itthilkanni • Telugu: Bajinika, Chandrabadanika, Chandrabadanika, Kammi badanika, Sundara badanika.

Habitat: Viscum orientale is native to Europe and western and southern Asia. It is a stem parasite plant.

Viscum orientale is a parasitic shrub with leaves opposite, 8 x 3 cm, spoon-shaped, tip pointed, entire to minutely rounded toothed, basally 3-5 nerved, leathery. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils in triads, lateral flowers male and central flowers female; bracts 1.5 mm, ovate. Male flowers have 4 tepals, 1 mm, ovate; stamens 4. Female flowers have 4 tepals, 1 mm, ovate; ovary 0.6 mm, stigma rounded. Berry is green, pea-sized, obovoid to spherical. Oriental Mistletoe is found in Indo-Malesia and Australia. Drupes subglobose, 06 mm long, glabrous;, seeds 1, yellowish-red when ripe.

Flowering Time : Aug. – Feb.
Fruiting Time: Aug. – Feb.


Medicinal uses: Warning: Unverified information Oriental Mistletoe is used as a substitute for nux-vomica. Poultice of leaves is used for neuralgia; ashes of the plant for the treatment of skin diseases.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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