Aeginetia pedunculata Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 13 1831. (Syn: Aeginetia abbreviata Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.; Aeginetia acaulis (Roxb.) Walp.; Aeginetia acaulis var. alpha Thwaites; Aeginetia pedunculata var. abbreviata Buch.-Ham.; Aeginetia pedunculata var. acaulis (Roxb.) G. Beck; Aeginetia sessilis G.R. Shivamurthy & L. Rajanna; Aeginetia trimenii Livera; Orobanche acaulis Roxb.; Orobanche pedunculata Roxburgh);
China (Guangxi, Guizhou), Cambodia, India, peninsular Malaysia (Perak), Myanmar
[Burma] (Mandalay, Mandalay, Mon, Yangon), Darjeeling, Sri Lanka, Pakistan
Vietnam, Thailand
as per Catalogue of Life;
Himalayas, India, Malaysia to Indonesia and Cambodia as per Species with description & keys from Flora of Pakistan;

Yellow Ghost Flower


Prejith012: Please identify this plant.: Another beauty I found growing under the grass in the grasslands of Chembra, Wynad at 1000 to 1300 msl. It didn’t have leaves.

I think Agentia sp. Could be A.indica

i guess, root parasite, may be Christisonia species (Orobancaceae)

Yes …, Christisonia species.

Spathe like calyx is a character of Aeginetia

Please refer the following links.

Thanks for the input everybody. Is it Christisonia subacaulis. I found this article where they mention it against Christisonia siamensis.

Sorry I forgot the link:

Spathe like calyx is not a character of Christisonia, It can be a species of Aeginetia



It looks to me like Aeginetia pedunculata Wall. See the Illustration of it by Wight (1850) attached.

1 illustration.

This plate sent in By … underlines the need for dissection and proper depiction of anatomical characteristics… and neccessity of and importance of such line drawings…
thanks … now the features in pictures makes sense





Identification Requested for plant from Hamirpur (H.P.) : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Kindly help with identification of a root parasite???
Place: Hamirpur (H.P.)
Altitute: 800m
Lower Shiwaliks
Date: 25-09-2015
Above ground plant height: Approx. 3cm or less

Looks like a species of Aeginetia…. probably Aeginetia pedunculata….

Pl. check Christisonia lawii

It could be Aeginetia indica.

efi page on Aeginetia indica 

It is indeed Aeginetia pedunculata. It is usually found parasitic on Themeda sp.





Aeginetia indica L.
Syn Name: Aeginetia japonica Siebold & Zuccarini; Orobanche aeginetia Linnaeus; Phelipaea indica (Linnaeus) Sprengel ex Steudel.

Family: Orobanchaceae

Photographed at Manas NP, Assam(Found as parasitic on Saccharum species)

Doesn’t look like A. indica. In A. indica the throat is white here the throat is Yellow. Further the A. indica is taller than this 
Please refer A. indica @
I think this could be Christisonia tubulosa – Magenta Ghost Flower of Orobanchaceae
Please refer @
Please also check it for Aeginetia pedunculata (now A. acaulis). There seem to be few varieties in this.

Thank you so much for the discussion. …, the stems in this sp was branched from near base, but it is not seen in Christisonia tubulosa. Can you please write some other characteristics that I can compare with. …, I have not found any scapes here like in A pedunculata.

I think you have confused the clustered flowers at the stem apex as branches actually they (branches you said) are the pedicels of each flower. Yes this is a species of Aeginetia only. Only in Aeginetia you can see spathe like calyx. Please see the key @ but I coultdn’t reach the species.


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