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Scurrula ferruginea (Roxb. ex Jack) Danser

Family Name: Loranthaceae
Semi-Shade Native to Singapore Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution China and Southeast Asia, including Singapore
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Common)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Hemi-parasitic shrub, able to grow to about 1 m in length.
Foliage Opposite leaves, reddish brown, broadly elliptic to ovate, measuring 5 - 10 cm by 2 - 6 cm, leathery, underneath surface with short, verticillate hairs, top surface smooth, leaf stalk measuring about 2 - 6 mm.
Stems Grey colour, presence of lenticels.
Flowers Axillary flowers, usually 4 - 6 in a cluster.
Fruits Pear-shaped berry, measuring about 8 - 10 by 3 - 4 mm, surface with verticillate hairs.
Etymology ferruginea in Latin meaning rusty red, which refers to the colour of the foilage.

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Brown, Red
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Margin Entire

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Type 1 Fleshy Fruit

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Master ID 32142
Species ID 6548
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Species record last updated on: 21 May 2020.