Aeginetia indica L., Sp. Pl. 632 1753. (syn. Aeginetia aeginetia Huth; Aeginetia boninensis Nakai; Aeginetia indica var. alba Santapau; Aeginetia indica var. gracilis Nakai; Aeginetia indica var. sekimotoana (Makino) Makino; Aeginetia mairei H.Lév.; Aeginetia pedunculata var. abbreviata (Ham. ex Benth.) G. Beck; Aeginetia saccharicola Bakh.; Aeginetia sekimotoana Makino;  Orobanche aeginetia L.; Orobanche ramosa var. indica (L.) O. Kuntze; Phelipaea abbreviata (Hamilton) Steudel; Phelipaea indica (L.) A. Spreng. ex Steud.);
Himalaya (Kumaun to NEFA), India, Ceylon, Burma, Indo-China, China, Japan, Philippines, Malaya as per Species with distribution in annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal;
China (Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), Taiwan, Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu), Ryukyu Isl., South Korea, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Laos, Nepal, Philippines (Luzon, Panay, Leyte), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Java, Bonin Isl. (Chichijima, Anijima, Hahajima, Mukohjima, Imohtojima), Myanmar [Burma] (Chin, Kachin, Mandalay, Yangon) as per Catalogue of life;
aeginetia, forest ghost flower • Hindi: आँकुरी बाँकुरी aankuri bankuri • Malayalam: കീരിപൂ keeripu • Marathi: गुलाबदाणी gulabdani;


One Saprophytic plant from Assam:
I am sending you one saprophytic plants from Assam. The photograph was
taken from Hawang, Karbi-Anglong, Assam, at 1200m MSL. Please identify it.

It is the Forest Ghost Flower [Aeginetia indica]. Please check the archives of this group for my photograhs of this.

Aeginetia indica, normally grows in the shadow of other trees / shrubs.


Aeginetia indica:
sharing pic of Aeginetia indica Family: orobancaceae from Sindhudurg MH

This is very beautiful plant mainly found under Bamboo forest or moist forest cover.

Aeginetia indica:  Aeginetia indica
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai
August, 2012



KAS Week-Aeginetia indica -(01/10/2012-NJ-03):
Aeginetia indica (Gulab dani-Marathi) Forest Ghost Flower


Gori Valley Tour 2012: Aeginetia indica-the parasite:
We (myself, … and …) were in Gori valley in October 2012, that was an exciting trip… I was not able to upload anything from that trip due to very busy academic schedule….I have now decided to post my pictures though not in a and when I will find some time I will post my unidentified plants…I have decided to start from identified ones…and in the beginning I present to you all a small beauty…Aeginetia indica..shot on 02.10.12 from way to Munsiyari from Chokori…

Yes …; & nice series too.

TSP-SEP2016-429: Images of Aeginetia indica (Orobanchaceae) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

It is my pleasure to present few images of Aeginetia indica (Orobanchaceae




Habit: Parasitic 

Habitat: Wild, evergreen forest floor 

Sighting: Kempuhole, Sakaleshpur, Hassan, Karnataka, about 800 msl 

Date: 19-08-2016

Aeginetia indica L. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)- Around 1 MB each.
Location: Thula Khet, Pokhara, Nepal
Date : 10 August 2017
Altitude : 2800 ft.

Nepali Names : आँकुरी बाँकुरी Aankuree Baankuree / निल झार  Nil Jhaar / गाईब्याइ Gaaiibyaai / पुष्कर Pushkar


The forest ghost flower – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 4 images.
Last weekend (12 SEP 09) at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, came across Aeginetia indica with white coloured flowers.
… commonly known as: forest ghost flower • Hindi: आँकुरी बाँकुरी aankuri bankuri • Malayalam: കീരിപൂ keeripu • Marathi: गुलाबदाणी gulabdani

This is very interesting. We never had such in south.

I am seeing the white sp. for the first time. Thanks for sharing.

Here is the pink one. 2 images.

Thanx … for the showing the white flowered Aeginetia indica. simply wonderful!!!!

This is a real fantastic capture! This white variety was first described by Fr.Santapau as Aeginetia indica alba in the Flora of Khandala (Refer Flora of Khandala). He propably avoided mentioning the exact location in Khandala probably to avoid any undue disturbance!!

Tungareshwar is home to such miracles including the rusty spotted cat and what not. A systematic documentation of flora and fauna would disclose many such miracles, if work is done properly.

… that is some news …, thank you very much !! Was already happy that I cam across some rare variety; now, would be doubly happy to know if Aeginetia indica alba is an accepted name … any further validations in this context?

Flora of Manipur: Aeginetia indica – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 3 images.
Aeginetia indica, from Manipur.

Aeginetia indica is parasitic on grasses and occurs mainly in grassland, but sometimes also in forest. Aeginetia indica can be a destructive parasite of rice, and sometimes on other crops as well. 

Aeginetia indica … is commonly known as: aeginetia, forest ghost flower • Hindi: आँकुरी बाँकुरी aankuri bankuri • Malayalam: കീരിപൂ keeripu • Marathi: गुलाबदाणी gulabdani


At kanakeshwar Alibag– Sept’09?; West Kameng Dist of Arunachal Pradesh in Month of September 2009; from Manipur; at the foot of Kurdu alias Vishramgad- 1500 feet aproximate above msl. -on 4 th Sept.’ 10; at Shahapur- 5/9/10;  in Chiplun, Maharastra- 28.8.10; in Mudhumalai- Sept’10?; 12 SEP 09 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary;


A ground orchid?please id it:
Here i posting the flowers of a ground orchid(?) recently taken from
Ponmudi-Kallar evergreen forests.
The flower is seen in the wet undergrowth of the evergreen forests.

its not a orchid its a Agentia indica, a root parasitic plant.

Flora of Sahyadri & Konkan – Aeginetia indica:
Name of Species:  Aeginetia indica
Common Name:  Gulab Dani (Forest Ghost Flower)
Family: Orobancaeae
Conservation status: NA
Photographed:11th September, 2011
Location: Rajmachi Forest Area (Lonavala), Western Ghats, Maharashtra
Habitat Type : Evergreen Forest , Under growth
Lens: OLYMPUS ED LENS AF ZOOM 4.6 – 92 mm, 1:2.8 – 4.6
Abundance:  Occasional on decayed forest leaf litter

113 ID wild plant: 13 images.

Please ID wild plant have no stem or leaves,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Flower date: 03.07.2021, 02.05pm
Altitude: 1400fsl
Habitat: wild, moisture, shadowed/ filtered sunlight
Plant habit: no stem or leaves visible, only erect flower shoots with purple lined yellow slender weak stem, 6 months life only
Height: 10cm
Flower:  flower shoots up to 10 numbers with different height visible for 75 days as unopened,  lasts for 3 weeks as opened, 4 petals, size:3×1cm, diameter:11mm, violet, non fragrant
Fruit: pear shaped, yellow into brown, height 1.5cm, diameter:1cm, not edible
Seed: yellowish numerous nice granules (confirmation needed that it is seeds)
Camera: Samsung Galaxy A21s

Aeginetia indica L. !

Yes, it is dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,

Yes  I too agree with …


Aeginetia indica L.: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude: 728 m.
Date: 12 August 2021
Habit : Wild

Nepali name : पुकुसुर Pukusur


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