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Mistletoes of Africa

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This full-colour book provides a comphrehensive systematic revision of the 280 species of mistletoes; Loranthaceae and Viscaceae, in Africa.


Authors: Roger Polhill, Delbert Wiens. 376pp. 297 x 210mm. Hardback, with jacket, ISBN 9781900347563. Kew Publishing, 1998

This full-colour book provides a comphrehensive systematic revision of the 280 species of Loranthaceae and Viscaceae in Africa, with identification keys, descriptions, distribution maps, line drawings and 140 colour photographs. In addition to a comphrehensive introduction discussing the biology, classification, biogeography and economic importance of these intriguing parasites, there are separate chapters on the haustoria of Loranthaceae (by Clyde Calvin and Carol Wilson) and pollination mechanisms of African Loranthaceae (by Donald Kirkup).


Roger Polhill worked at the Herbarium, in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He contributed to The International Plant Names Index.

Delbert Wiens is an American Botanist and Plant Collector, educated at Pomona College, Claremont, California, University of Utah, Salt lake City and Claremont Graduate School, California.

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