Taxillus tomentosus (B.Heyne ex Roth) Tiegh. in Bull. Soc. Bot. France 42: 256. 1895. Loranthus tomentosus B.Heyne ex Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 191. 1821; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 212. 1886. L. gibbosus Talbot, Syst. List Trees, Shrubs Bombay ed. 2, 289. 1902. as per Flora of India Vol 23 (2012) 

¿ taks-ILL-us ? — from the Greek taxis (regular) and illus (diminutive, small)
toh-men-TOH-sus — covered with fine, matted hairs

commonly known as: hairy mistletoe • Kannada: ಉಪ್ಪಿಲು uppilu • Marathi: केसाळ बांडगुळ kesal bandgul

Native to: s Western Ghats (of India), Sri Lanka 

Branches lenticellate, young shoots fulvous tomentose. Leaves to 5 x 2.5 cm, obovate to oblong, obtuse, glabrous above; nerves 4-5 pairs; petiole 5 mm long. Flowers 3-8, fascicled; pedicels 2 mm long; calyx 2 mm long, lobes triangular; corolla greenish white, pink at base, to 16 mm long, densely hairy, tube gibbous, lobes spreading; stigma hemispheric. Berry sub-globose, tomentose. 

Flowering and fruiting: December-January 
Evergreen, moist deciduous and shola forests
South West India and Sri Lanka






Parasite plant for id 110310MK3 : 13 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (10).

kindly help to confirm this parasite species found on the branches of Phyllanthus emblica.

Is this Taxillus bracteatus?

Date/Time- 07 Mar 2010 2:30pm

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Satyamangalam RF; Eastern Ghats. ca. 1450msl

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- wild

Plant Habit- parasite on tree branch

Height/Length- up to 1m

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- ca. 5 x 2.5cm

Inflorescence Type/ Size- fascicle

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 2-3cm length

Taxillus tomentosus

I will like to support … regarding the identification of this plant which is Taxillus tomentosus Tiegh.
i have seen this plant once in my life over mango plants in Karnamadhapur a place in West bengal where we went for a college picnic

Agreeing with … id i.e. Taxillus tomentosus

is it a parasitic plant. dont you think the term parasitic is used wrongly here…? the plant is green and seems to be an autotroph. it can be an epiphyte…

Taxillus tomentosus (Roth) Tieghem is a parasitic plant and as far as I know it’s non green by nature!!! Please go through the description of the plant from the “The revised handbook of the flora of Ceylon” in link will provide you better information regarding this angiospermic plant belonging to the family Loranthaceae.

As per

A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon, Volume 6

By M. D. Dassanayake, Francis Raymond Fosberg,

the parasite is difficult to confirm as Taxillus tomentosus (Heyne ex Roth) Tieghem of Loranthaceae.
because 1. the bracts are not 3 – 5mm longer
2. petiole not 5 – 7cm long 
Members, please recheck this parasite. 

It is a hemi-parasitic plant as they can take food from both Xylem as well as Phloem. They also synthesize food in their own green leaves.

Taxillus tomentosus

Similar species has been identified in FOI as T. recurvus, While it has been identified as Taxillus tomentosus (B.Heyne ex Roth) Tiegh. here.
I am unable to decide between these two as per Pl. help

If we go by images at FOI, it should be Taxillus tomentosus (B.Heyne ex Roth) Tiegh.



Mistletoe sp. at Munnar-PKA51 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 350 kb each. 
This Mistletoe sp. was seen at Shola Forest near Munnar.

Looks like Taxillus tomentosus ?? (Family: Loranthaceae),
Pl. validate the ID..