Dendrophthoe pentandra (L.) Miq., Fl. Ned. Ind. 1(1): 818 (1856)

Latin for 'with five male parts (anthers)'.

Dendrophthoe farinosa (Desr.) Mart.
Dendrophthoe leucobotrya Miq.
Dendrophthoe venosa (Blume) Mart.
Elytranthe farinosa (Desr.) G.Don
Elytranthe rigida (DC.) G.Don
Loranthus pentandrus L.

Ephytic shrubs to 2 m tall, youngest parts puberulous. Branches grayish, scattered lenticellate. Petiole 5-20 mm; leaf blade lanceolate to elliptic or suborbicular, 5-15 2.5-10 cm, thickly leathery, lateral veins 2-4 pairs, base cuneate or obtuse, apex acute or rounded, glabrous. Racemes solitary or 2 or 3 together, 3-10-flowered; peduncle 7-20 mm, with grayish or white stellate hairs; bracts broadly ovate, 1-1.5 mm. Pedicel ca. 2 mm. Calyx 2-2.5 mm, limb 0.5-1.5 mm, 5-denticulate. Mature bud 1.5-2 cm. Corolla orange, basal 1/2 slightly inflated, lobes lanceolate, ca. 12 mm, reflexed. Filaments 3-4 mm; anthers 3-5 mm. Berry red, 8-10 5-6 mm, minutely pilose or glabrous.

An epiphyte in humid forests, less often in open forests and plantations; 100-1600 m. Recorded hosts include Aleurites moluccana, Canarium album, Canarium pimela, Clausena lansium, Hevea brasiliensis, Mangifera indica, Vernicia montana, and species of Ficus.

From India and southern China to New Guinea.

Local names
China: Wu rui ji sheng.