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Erianthemum dregei is a species of parasitic plant in the Loranthaceae family, and is commonly known as the Hairy mistletoe or Wood flower.
These plants are native to Africa and are parasitic on a large number of tree species in higher rainfall areas from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, through KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, to East Africa, as far as northern Ethiopia. They are also found in southern Angola.
A branched parasitic shrub with spreading or pendent stems, forming clumps of up to 2m x 1.5m. The leaves are leathery and hairless, usually alternate (sometimes opposite), with conspicuous side veins. The growing points are velvety brown. The flowers are massed in small clusters and are densely hairy, pale yellowish-green and sometimes flushed orange to pink. The fruit is an orange to bright red berry, 10–15 mm in size. Erianthemum dregei shows great variation across its range.
Erianthemum dregei is used in African traditional medicine to treat stomach complaints in children and cattle.
The flowers and fruit attract birds. The leaves are eaten by the larvae of Mylothris agathina.
Erianthemum dregei Wikipedia