Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 7, Issue 1 (2018)
White-berry mistletoe (Viscum album L.): A Hemiparasitic Plant: Occurrence and ethno-botanical use in Kashmir
Suheel Ahmad, Nazim Hamid Mir and Sheikh M Sultan
White-berry mistletoe (Viscum album
L. subsp. album
), is a hemiparasitic plant locally called as â€˜banadaâ€™, â€˜kaw-khoorâ€™ or â€˜nal kachudâ€™, occurring specifically on walnut trees and rarely on Populus
trees mostly in foot hill areas in Kashmir. In the former host it grows mostly on outer branches of the tree crown while in the later case it often grows directly on the tree trunk. We found heavy mistletoe occurrence specifically on isolated walnut trees, mainly on the outer branchÂes of tree crowns. The shrub is used in wound healing, rheumatism and as a laxative in traditional medicine. Farmers in some study areas use it for feeding livestock including cattle and sheep, especially during winters, when no green fodder is available; it attracts farmers and their livestock.
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Suheel Ahmad, Nazim Hamid Mir and Sheikh M Sultan. White-berry mistletoe (Viscum album L.): A Hemiparasitic Plant: Occurrence and ethno-botanical use in Kashmir. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2018;7(1):1831-1833.