Balanophora dioica R.Br. ex Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 330 1836. (Syn: Balanophora affinis Griff.; Balanophora alveolata Griff.; Balanophora hookeriana Hemsl.);
Common name: Himalayan Balanophora
Dioecious annual roots parasites. Rootstock tuberous, lobed, 4-6 cm in diameter. Leaves absent, Stem glabrous, fleshy, yellowish-white, unbranched, 10-15 cm long, stout, covered with laxly imbricated scaly leaves. Male flowers densely crowded in an ovoid or club shaped head or inflorescence at the top of stem. Head 5-7 cm long. Flowers unisexual, small. Perianth up to 0.7 cm long, trilobed, tube of the perianth sunk in cavities of the head. Staminal column short, anthers bursting by curved slit.
Flowering and fruiting: November-April
India and Myanmar
Balanophora Sp.. : Attachments (2). 6 posts by 3 authors.
This one is a Parasitic plant photographed at Mizoram (November-2008).
Looks like Balanophora indica
Sorry, correction- it should be Balanophora dioica (not indica). Attaching pictures of B. dioica I photographed in Arunachal. It shows both male and female inflo. The ones seen in … picture are only male flowers. These two species differ in the shape of the female inflores.
Thanks a lot. Even … has also indicated earlier that this could be B.dioca.
I hope attached images may be Balanophora dioica R.Br. ex Royle. Please validate.
Location: Shillong, Meghalaya
Family : Balanophoraceae
Genus & species : Balanophora dioica R.Br. ex Royle.
Habitat: Grows wild, parasitic on roots of forest tree; total root parasite
Habit : Herb
Flower : Small, white
Fruits : Not seen
Vow.. so nice series of Pics….
Thank you for showing this Balanophora species. Balanophora are rare sight in Uttarakhand. One species exist here but never seen in nature.
AS, April, 2023/01 unknown sp. for identification: 2 high res. images.
Have a look pl.
Location: Kurung Kumey, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Alt: ca. 1200 m.
Habitat: In forest floor under shady open places.
Check for Balanophora sps.
Appears close to images at
I guess the correct ID !