Striga angustifolia (D. Don) C.J. Saldanha (The calyx is 15-ribbed and the calyx lobes are as long as the corolla tube as per keys at Flora of China)








A new species of Striga section Polypleurae (Orobanchaceae) from southern Western Ghats of India by M. OMALSREE, K. M. PRABHU KUMAR*, M. SABU, P. SUNOJKUMAR, BINU THOMAS, A. RAJENDRAN & V.K. SREENIVAS- Phytotaxa 212 (2): 163–168 (2015)- 

Abstract : A new species of Striga from Tamil Nadu parts of Western Ghats of India is described and illustrated as Striga kamalii sp. nov. The new species shows similarity with S. densiflora in having a densely hispid stem, linear leaves, bracts longer than calyx, and oblong fruit shorter than calyx lobes, but differs in the 10-ribbed calyx, the glandular hairs on calyx and corolla tube, and the obovate-rounded petals. A detailed description, with data on distribution and parasitism together with relevant taxonomic notes and colour photographs are provided. 


Striga indica (Orobanchaceae) – A new parasitic species from Southern Western Ghats of India by P. Jayanthi, K. M. Prabhu Kumar,*, A. Rajendran, Binu Thomas, M. Sabu and A. K. Pradeep- Feddes Repertorium Volume 123, Issue 4, pages 283–290, February 2014-
Abstract: A new species of Striga Lour., S. indica K. M. Prabhu, P. Jayanthi, A. Rajendran & M. Sabu is described from the Western Ghats of India. This species is shows similarities to S. barthlottii Eb. Fisch. et al., a recently described species from Morocco, but differs in unequal calyx lobes, equal bracteoles, short corolla tube, corolla colour and shape, fruit shape, stem colour, branching pattern, and presence of pubescence in various parts and host specificity. A detailed description with keys, illustrations, photographs, comparison chart and tables, conservation status and distributional details are provided.


Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution
(D.Don) Saldanha
Herb Plains, Moist
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
All districts
Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze  Herb Plains
to Low Altitude, Moist Localities
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
Striga densiflora (Benth.) Benth. Herb Plains,
Moist Localities
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke Herb Dry
Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
Dharmapuri, Kancheepuram, Kanniyakumari, Puddukkottai, Salem,  Thiruvallur, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai
Striga masuria Benth. Herb Probably
Extinct Locally, Moist Localities
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987; Gamble 1957


  Botanical name Family Common name
Striga asiatica Scrophulariaceae Asiatic Witchweed
Striga densiflora Scrophulariaceae Denseflower Witchweed
Striga gesnerioides Scrophulariaceae Purple Witchweed

Striga angustifolia (D. Don) Saldanha (Himalaya, India, Ceylon, Burma, Malaysia)
Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze (Himalaya, India, W. & C. China, Malaysia)
Striga gesnerioides (Willd.) Vatke (Tropical Africa, Arabia, Himalaya, India)
Striga masuria (Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.) Benth. (Nepal: doubtful)

Species with description & keys in Flora of China (Distribution other than China):
Striga angustifolia (D. Don) C. J. Saldanha  [Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam].
Striga asiatica (Linnaeus) Kuntze [Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam;
Africa, America].
Striga densiflora (Bentham) Bentham in Hooker [India, Sikkim].
Striga masuria (Buchanan-Hamilton ex Bentham) Bentham in Hooker [Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam].

Scrophulariaceae of the Western Himalayas By Francis . Pennell (1946)- Details with keys



Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998)- Details with keys

Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (2004)- Details with keys

Fwd: Research interest in Striga : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
I hope this message finds you well. I have contacted you in the past in search of information on the Andropogoneae.
I have recently taken an assistant professors position at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina. As I begin my independent research career, I am in search of collaborators. I have a strong interest in the Andropogoneae as a group as well as grasses in general. I also work within the Orobanchaceae on the genus Striga. I have attached my current CV and most of my publications can be found on Google Scholar. I was wondering if you might be interested in a collaboration or if you knew someone who might be interested in working in the grasses or Striga.
I would appreciate any suggested contacts or your interest in collaboration.

Now National Biodiversty Authority of India needs to process/approve any research colloboration involves bioresources. It has to permit/ approve. Any international organization or individual is accessing the Indian flora,he has to apply formally to NBA and needs to pay necessary fee ; similarly any Indian individual or organization is having colloboration with foreign research organization, they have to apply to NBA , pay necessary fee and get approval. It is statutory.
If at all any change in this kindly correct.


Striga ‎(Orobanchaceae) : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Striga (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.
Any comments/ corrections are welcome.


Pl. go throughStriga ‎(Orobanchaceae) page with images of species in efloraofindia.

I request you to pl. go through & point out mistakes, if any. I hope this will aid in identifications in future. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.

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