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Taxillus chinensis  (DC.) Danser


Botanical Name


Taxillus chinensis (DC.) Danser

English Name


Loranthus, Mulberry mistletoe, Chinese Taxillus



Loranthus chinensis DC., Loranthus estipitatus Danser, Scurrula chinensis (Candolle) G. Don, Taxillus estipitatus (Stapf) Danser.





General Info


Shrubs 0.5-1 m tall, young stems and leaves tomentose, becoming glabrous, hairs mostly closely adpressed, reddish brown, stellate, sometimes also with some short verticillate. Branches grayish brown, lenticellate. Leaves opposite or subopposite; petiole 8-10 mm; leaf blade ovate to ovate-oblong, 2.5-6 × 1.5-4 cm, papery, both surfaces glabrescent, lateral veins 3 or 4 pairs, base cuneate to broadly cuneate, apex obtuse. Umbels solitary or 2 together, sometimes at leafless nodes, (1-)2(-4)-flowered; peduncle 2-4 mm, stellate hairy; bracts triangular, ca. 0.5 mm.; pedicel 6-7 mm.; calyx ellipsoid or ovoid, ca. 2 mm, limb annular. Mature bud 2.5-2.7 cm, tip enlarged, ovoid; corolla brownish, slightly curved, with adpressed stellate hairs, basal part inflated, lobes spatulate, ca. 6 mm, reflexed; filaments ca. 1 mm; anthers ca. 3 mm, multilocellate; style red; stigma capitate. Berry yellowish, ellipsoid or subglobose, 8-10 × 5-6 mm, verrucose, becoming smooth when mature.


Flora of China



Medicinal Use

Used for treating rheumatic or rheumatoid arthritis, abnormal uterine bleeding, excessive menstrual flow, uterine bleeding during pregnancy and threatened abortion and hypertension.


Jing-Nuan Wu. An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica. P: 623, Oxford University Press, Inc.2005.



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