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Genus Lysiana Family Loranthaceae

Description: Aerial stem-parasitic shrubs, erect to pendent, glabrous; external runners absent.

Leaves opposite, sometimes clustered on condensed axes, flat with pinnate venation or compressed or terete.

Inflorescence axillary, a pedunculate or sessile 2-flowered umbel or a single flower; bract 1 per flower. Petals 6, united into a curved tube inflated in middle and unequally divided, more deeply so and more reflexed on concave side. Stamens equal; anthers basifixed, immobile, introrse, 4-locular, acute, sometimes transversely septate, about as long as free part of filament.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 8 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all mainland States.

Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Flowers single or in pairs without a common peduncle; pedicels distinctly winged; fruit globoseLysiana murrayi
Flowers in pairs on a common peduncle (sometimes very short), pedicels not distinctly winged; fruit ellipsoidal to ovoid2
2Leaves flat (rarely compressed when very narrow)3
Leaves terete
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Lysiana linearifolia
3Leaves linear to narrow-oblong, with obscure venation; fruit dark coloured; calyx usually short, entireLysiana exocarpi
Leaves oblanceolate, with distinct venation; fruit more or less translucent; calyx usually lobed or toothed
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Lysiana subfalcata

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