Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh., Denkschr. Kaiserl. Akad. Wiss., Wien. Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. 32: 52 1872. (Syn. Dendrophthoe bicolor (Roxb.) Mart.; Dendrophthoe cordifolia (Wall.) Mart.; Dendrophthoe discolor Barlow; Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexifolia (DC.) Rajasek.; Dendrophthoe falcata var. pubescens (Hook.f.) V.Chandras.; Dendrophthoe indica (Desr.) Miq.; Dendrophthoe koenigiana (C.Agardh ex Schult.f.) Blume; Dendrophthoe longiflora (Desr.) Ettingsh.; Etubila longiflora (Desr.) Raf.; Loranthus amplexifolius DC.);
– These are some of mine taken at my farm at Shahapur
HELP REQUIRED – DENDROPHTHOE FALCATA: I want to grow the following plant without mango tree, on soil. it is required for my butterfly garden. i don’t have a mango tree at my garden, then how to grow the same on the soil ?
help me to prepare required soil for it ? can it be grown on guava tree?
DENDROPHTHOE FALCATA (L. f.) Ett. Loranthus falcatus L.f., Loranthus longiflours Desr.Family: Loranthaceae
Bengali/vernacular name: Bara Manda, Bandha, Pharulla.
Tribal name: Porsal (Chakma), Alikhowng (Khumi)
Another best host tree for this species is Melia azedarach, you can try with this.
The plant is a partial parasite and can not be grown in soil. It can not grow on even a guava tree because it needs cracked bark to hold and penetrate in to the rind. It can be made to grow on Bottle Brush, Cork Tree, Parijatak, Acacias and many other trees. Give an account of all the trees in your garden to choose a suitable one. You can just pick ripe berries from under the Dendrophthoe plant and purge them to attach the sticky seed on to the bark. You can also collect such seeds ejected by the Flowerpeckers from their favourite perches. Wish you good luck.
As … mentioned, we cant grow this species in soil as this is a hemi-parasite.
Agree with .. & …. Dendrophthoe falcata is a Partial Parasite.
Sending a few of my photographs. At my farm have it growing on Mohua, Caesalpinia bonduc [Sagargota], wild Mango and even on Teak.
Have recently posted photographs of it on Bauhinia racemosa [Apta] and they are available at this link :
D falcata on Bottle brush Tree from Panipat roadside area. This was very near to a Nursery. I have never seen flowering on this parasite in Panipat
oh! I have Neem Tree …. hope It will work…
I have LIVE Lime, Guava, dwarf firebush, Crepe Jasmine, Coffee Rose (Tabernaemontana divaricata) , Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) , Night- flowering Jasmine (Nyctanthes arbortristis) , karabi (oleander) plants at my garden & Neem in neighborhood … which will be the most suitable. can they live on dead tree? I have dead betel nut , guava tree also
Of these listed plants, only Guava and Neem are suitable ones.
climber for id, mm2 21012011:
I guess some Loranthaceae parasitic plants instead of climber, pls upload more pictures for correct id.
Pictures are from distance but they can be of Dendropthe falcata
Yes Dendrophthoe falcata (please note the spelling of the genus name) of Loranthaceae family.
It may be, but to me pictures are not so clear…
I am very glad to share with you a good news that the canopy research work that I have done in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu has been published as a chapter entitled “Mistletoes in the Wet Forest Canopies: Friends or Foes” (Giby Kuriakose, R. Ganesan and M. Soubadra Devi) in “Forest Canopies of South Asia-a glimpse” edited by M Soubadra Devi, T. Ganesh and Amrita Tripathy (2012) published by ATREE, Bangalore.
It is not a highly technical research publication.
Please find attached herewith the cover page and contents of the book.
I thank all of you for the constant support that encourages me a lot for such productive works.
Those who want to buy a copy of the book, please contact Mr.Ramesh at … At present it is available at ATREE Bangalore office only.
We were looking at the pollination ecology and the interaction of Dendrophthoe falcata with their host trees that grows in the canopy of KMTR, Tamil Nadu. We located a very different form of D. falcata (I will upload pictures of this little later) that grows only in the canopy of large trees in KMTR and quite interestingly, we foud that they grow only on two species of host trees (Palaquim ellipticum and Ormosia travancorica) that grows more than 15m height. We wanted to check whether they do any harm to the host tree since they are host specific in that habitat and co-exist or not. We didn’t look at the medicinal property of the same. But I know that people in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are using some species of the mistletoes as medicinal plant.
Dendrophthoe falcata, flowers and fruits:
Very good set of Pics … Fruits are looking nice
Fruits have developed nice bright colour, probably for dissemination of seeds by birds. However, flowers seem dull coloured. Here in Pantnagar Uttarakhand flowers are bright red and yellow and bloom in winters, thus attract large numbers of pollinator birds.
i have seen the red ones in pantnagar too. the color is very vibrant. all the ones at my place are white.
but the fruits were startlingly red
In Pune I have seen flowers and fruits same as shown here.
Is this Dendrophthoe curvata ? from Pune:
This is Dendrophthoe falcata of Loranthaceae family. Color varies from place to place and habitat to habitat.
efloraofindia:”Id 13032013MR2’’ Dendrophthoe falcata flower at Pune : 2 images. 3 posts by 2 authors.
Yes the flowers are very cute. Near Nagpur I have observed red coloured flowers but in and around Pune the colour is greenish white in all specimens observed by me.
Vof Week: Dendrophthoe sp Near Pulna Village:
Dendrophthoe sp on Juglans regia Near Pulna Village
Tis was a distant shot as tree was far from the way
Hope D. falcata
HI id PLease : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Small Tree leaves fleshy and juicey
many larava were feeding on it got these clicks only
Could be Dendropthoe falcata, parasitic plant
Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh. SN 15March 02 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_02042016 PK1 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Is this Loranthus sp
Malabar Pied Hornbill indicator of thick forest perching on parasitic plants seems to be Loranthus about 30 mtr height.
Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_02042016 PK1
Date/Time-:30/03/16 – 08:30
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Epiphytic herb
Liked your post for showing flora and fauna interaction, especially the Malabar Pied Hornbill.
Plant for identification-3 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)- 1 Mb each.
Check for Dendrophthoe falcata (Family: Loranthaceae).
In agreement with … view; it must be a Dendrophthoe falcata.
Loranlhus longiflorus – indiantreepix | Google Groups
KAS Week::(Dendrophthoe falcata-02/10/2012-NJ):
KAS Week DS_071012_03 Dendrophthoe falcata:
Loranthus? Hooghly 16-12-12 sk3:
Species : Loranthus longiflorus Desr.?
H & H : not sure about the habit or habitat
Date : 15/12/12, 2.15 p.m.
Place : Hooghly
This could be Dendrophthoe falcata. Some of my photographs of this for comparison are available at these links
This is surely Dendrophthoe falcata, leaves match with your post – and flowers with efi thread.
But it is much more interesting to know about spines on Bauhinia – efi thread! Is it because of this parasite?
Negative to your question. Discovered the spines on Apta much before the ant’s nest. Sending a photograph recorded today.
Beautiful thick-billed flowerpecker …, we too have this bird, and i have a video of a few seconds, much bad quality.
Hooghly-skDec04- Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
I have earlier post of this common semi-parasite. This time it is growing on a mango tree, usually they are more common on mango trees than any other tree. It is Loranthus longiflorus Desr. of “Bengal Plants” & “BoBO”. This is a record that purple-su
I have earlier post of this common semi-parasite. This time it is growing on a mango tree, usually they are more common on mango trees than any other tree. It is Loranthus longiflorus Desr. of “Bengal Plants” & “BoBO”. This is a record that purple-sunbird visits this plant for nectar
Loranthus (Dendrophthoe) Hooghly 20-12-12 sk1:
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : found growing on Ficus religiosa L., in village outskirts
Date : 19/12/12
Place : Hooghly
Is it a parasitic plant? Like Mistletoe not sure
Experts can confirm.
Yes it does appear to be Dendropthe falcata. A parasite.
A college text book, “Plant Groups”, informs plants of the family Loranthaceae are hemi-parasites. It also informs plants are with “sympodial” stems, except in Viscum which are “dichasial”.
I have noticed that Dendrophthoe is the current accepted name of Loranthus. “Bengal Plants” describes a number of species :
I wonder which Loranthus is this.
efi link: /species/a—l/l/loranthaceae/dendrophthoe/dendrophthoe-falcata
Yes, for me too its a “Dendrophthoe falcata” and its a accepted name, the old name of this plant was ‘Loranthus longiflorus’ !! Family-Loranthaceae
This plant with red flowers used to be called D. falcata var coccinea and the plant with greenish white flowers used to be called D. falcata var falcata. Presently these 2 different looking plants are merged as single D. falcata.
efloraofindia:”For Id 21122012MR1’’ ?parasitic plant on Silver oak tree at Pune:
I can see the oposite leaves and small flowers with longish corolla.
Yes, its a Dendrophthoe falcata var. falcata
Request for flower id (X-3) : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Dendrophthoe falcata :: Puducherry :: 14 OCT 19 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
Puducherry near sea coast
Date: October 14, 2019 … Altitude range: about 0 – 3 m (0 – 10 feet) asl
Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh.
Dendrophthoe Species for ID : Nasik : 10DEC20 : AK-21: 2 images.
Seen growing on a tree.
Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh. !
MS,Jan., 2021/04 Loranthaceae for id.: 1 image.
Date : unknown
Habit : parasitic shrub
Habitat : Wild
Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh. !
MS/ID/FEB/2021/6 – Dendrophthoe falcata: 4 images.
Please confirm the ID of the plant photographed in Chennai.
Suggested ID: Dendrophthoe falcata
I agree with you ….
Rubiaceae for identification :: 190414MK :: April006 : 4 posts by 4 authors. 3 correct images as above.
Please help me in identifying this Rubiaceae tree. The fruits are of ovoid shape with 1 cm long.
Tree: 5-6 m tall
Place: Puducherry suburbs
Habitat: a garden
Alt.: 10 m asl
Date: 6 April 2014
Is it an exotic tree? difficult to identify without flower and stipule character.
The fruits could be of Dendrophthoe falcata (?). And the plant with leaves looks like Ligustrum. Need more details to confirm.
Yes, fruits appear like those of Dendrophthoe falcata
Location: Bangalore, India
Date: 08 August 2022
Habit : May be wild
Which Loranthaceae … ???
I think Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh., as per images and details herein.
For id: parasitic sp grown on mango tree: 1 high res. images.
Please Google Loranthus and Mistletoe on Mango Tree
When and where were the images clicked?
photograph was captured in September month, from sabarkantha region Gujarat
[2022/Dec/27 ART 2] Dendrophthoe falcata: 10 images.
[2022/Dec/27 ART 1] Is this Erianthemum dregei?: 9 images.
Location: Varathamanathi Dam, Palani, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu
May I know if this is Erianthemum dregei?
These were growing on silk cotton trees. Noticed three such plants.
Pl. check Dendrophthoe falcata
Yes, the flowers match D. falcata.
As given in the wikipedia page for D. falcata, I observed sunbirds and pale-billed flowerpeckers on the plant. Here is a video of a flowerpecker on the mistletoe, taken yesterday: https://youtu.be/4MWAm_hcziM.
I also noticed a caterpillar, but missed taking a record shot.