Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke, Oesterr. Bot. Z. 25: 11 1875. (Syn: Buchnera gesnerioides Willd.; Buchnera orobanchoides R.Br.; Striga chloroleuca Dinter; Striga orobanchoides (R. Br.) Benth.);
Purple Witchweed, Cowpea Witchweed, Indigo witchweed, Tobacco witchweed • Hindi: मिस्सी Missi • Marathi: बंबाकू Bambaku, ‘Pokali Gavat’ ‘पोकळी गवत’;
Herbs erect simple or branched. Leaves ovate oblong.0.4-0.7×0.15-0.2cm. Inflorescences of dense terminal spikes. Flowers purple or lilac, numerous sessile, corolla tube 0.8-1.2 cm long. curved in middle. Capsule 0.6cm long.


striga gesnerioides:

Name of species- striga gesnerioides
Photo taken on- 18.9.2009
At- Smiriti Van, Jaipur, Rajastan, India

Striga gesneriodes : Matheran:
Clicked this root parasite of Orobanchaceae family, today (07-10-12) at Matheran.

identification no050613sn1 :  Attachments (4).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Kindly help in identification. Is it Striga gesnerioides?
location:ambyvalley rd. lonavala/mulshi pune
plant habit:herb
height:about 2 ft.
other info:pink flowers 

Yes, ur guess is correct !!
it is Striga gesneriodes (Willd.) Vatke from Scrophulariacea

Striga gesnerioides (Willd.)
Herbs erect simple or branched. Leaves ovate oblong.0.4-0.7×0.15-0.2cm. Inflorescences of dense terminal spikes. Flowers purple or lilac, numerous sessile, corolla tube 0.8-1.2 cm long. curved in middle. Capsule 0.6cm long.

Beautiful set of pictures.


Scrophulariaceae Fortnight: Striga gesnerioides at Chanderi -PKA30: Attachments (1). 7 posts by 7 authors.
Striga gesnerioides photographed at Chanderi Hill (Badlapur- Matheran range)..

Beautiful parasite.

Very good composition.


Scrophulariaceae fortnight :: Striga gesnerioides at Bhimashanker Wildlife Sanctuary :: DV24 : 2 images. 5 posts by 3 authors.
Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke also placed in Orobanchaceae
at Bhimashanker Wildlife Sanctuary on 05 NOV 11 

You have posted a large number of excellent photographs of a large number of species. Great collections / contribution from your end

Fantastic images, …
In tamil-” Kannil othikkira mari” appearance; I am not sure about the english or hindi equivalent. It is colloquial tamil almost meaning that you want to kiss it with your eyes.

Images by Gopal Shinde & Arun Mahalingam (Placed here by J.M.Garg) 


ID Request 211013SG :  Attachments (3).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Please help identify this herb, sprouts growing in small bunch, 3-9 inch, found in wild at Dhavlas, Maharashtra.
Photographed 21Oct13.


Id requested for Herb (21/11/2014- NSJ-01) : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2).
ID requested for herb (around 7 to 8 cm tall) photographed yesterday (21.11.14) at Nagarjunsagar Dam.
Flower is very tiny (around 5 mm).

Nice pics … Looks like some Striga sp.. could be Striga gesnerioides??

beautiful to look at but can be a pest… weedy ..excludes useful plantings

thousands of pages show up when searching for stiga as a rest.

efi page on Striga gesnerioides
I think it’s Striga gesnerioides only

Yes to Striga gesnerioides, a parasitic herb.

It is certainly Striga gesnerioides, this image taken from top of plant. Here I attached one image for your perusal.

The herb exactly looked like this from sides.


Request ID for plant : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
The following is a photo of plant inflorescence taken in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Kindly provide the ID for plant in the attachment below.


Orobanchaceae week Images of Striga gesneroides : 4 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image as above.
attaching images of Striga gesneroides from Nashik taken on 17 July  

Does not the 2nd one look different ?

Yes Sir the size and colour is different, and found away from the first one in the same area, may be some member from our group can throw light on this

the second One is Striga indica as per the discussions with …, who has reported this new species and this is a new record for Maharashtra


Orobanchaceae week Images of Striga gesneroides : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image as above.
attaching images of Striga gesneroides from nashik taken on 17 july

Kemmangundi Karnataka
Date: 13 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1488 – 1513 m (4882 – 4962 ft) asl
Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke … (family: Orobanchaceae)

at Matheran,Maharashtra on 8 Nov. 2008; Mahabaleshwar on 7th Nov 2009; 8th December, 2009- Panorama Point, Matheran; the foothills of Mhatoba Tekdi 12/10/2010- Pune;

Striga gesnerioides? – efloraofindia | Google Groups
ID170109phk – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Striga Gesnerioides – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Regarding change of Striga gesnerioides of Scrophulariaceae family:
My good friend … has stated (On Indian Flora FB link) that captioned species is under Orobanchaceae family. Can someone throw light on this recent change, if any.

Yes … is correct in stating that Striga, is now placed in the family Orobanchaceae, according to the plant list, please check the link @

Requesting to please ID this small plant captured at Sinhagad, Pune in Aug 2014.
Is this some Striga species? 

May come out to be Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke as per images and details herein.


Purple Witchweed (Striga gesnerioidesin) : 
Striga gesnerioides in (root parasaite on grass) बम्बाखु
at matheran 10/11/2012

I think it is Striga gesnerioides

Yes, it is Striga gesnerioides. Nice pictures!

Can it be Striga scottiana Solomon Jeeva, Shynin Brintha and Rasingam as per Striga scottiana (Scrophulariaceae) – a new species from southern Western Ghats of Tamilnadu, India (2012) ?

Striga gesnerioides only


Herb for id_Sangareddy_Telangana: 2 images.

This herb was observed at Sangareddy district. Area has scrub vegetation.
Date-27th August 2021
Location- Sangareddy, Telangana
Altitude-530 MSL
Habitat- Wild
Plant Habit- Herb
Height-8 -10 cm
Please help in identification

Striga gesnerioides

Striga gesnerioides indeed.
I read  It is an obligate parasite. There were no trees but only grasses around that herb. What could be host plant?

It is often parasitic on Lepidagathis spp., mostly L. cuspidata.

Yes, I too agree with … for ID, and collected from Lepidagathis cristata,

I too agreed with …
I also noted with Lapidagathis. Here I am attaching more details photographs.
3 images- 1 high res.


Striga gesneroides from Chikkmagalur Mullayaynagiri Road-GS22022022-2: 4 very high res. images.
Striga gesneroides photographed from along Chikkmagalur Mullayanagiri Road, 26-9-2015


Orobanchaceae: Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke: 1 high res. image.
location/date: between Semadoh and Chikaldara, Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Amravati Distr., Maharashtra, November 1994



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