Family: Santalaceae

Arceuthobium pusillum
Arceuthobium pusillum   C. Peck  -  Dwarf Mistletoe
Photo © by Steven Clemants
From a scanned herbarium sheet, 1999.

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Last Modified 02/01/2013

Key to the genera of Santalaceae

1. Leaves alternate, 5-15 cm long; parasitic on the roots of woody plants...Pyrularia
1. Leaves opposite, to 6 cm long; parasitic on branches of woody plants...2

2. Leaves semiorbicular, 1 mm long; parasite mainly of Black Spruce, occasionally other conifers...Arceuthobium
2. Leaves flat, 2-6 cm long; parasite on many tree species...Phoradendron

List of Santalaceae Genera

References to Santalaceae

  • Abbott, J. R.; Thompson, R. L. 2011. New combinations in Phoradendron leucarpum (Viscaceae). J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 5: 139-141.
  • Demoise, C. W. 1951. Some notes on Pyrularia pubera Michx. Pyrularia 1: 25-44.
  • Der, J. P.; Nickrent, D. L. 2008. A molecular phylogeny of Santalaceae (Santalales). Syst. Bot. 33: 107-116.
  • Holm, T. 1924. Comandra umbellata (L.) Nutt. Amer. Midl. Naturalist 9: 1-13.
  • Kuijt, J. 1968. Mutual affinities of Santalalean families. Brittonia 20(2): 136-47.
  • Moss, E. H. 1926. Parasitism in the genus Comandra. New Phyt. 25: 264-276.