Scurrula cordifolia (Wall.) G. Don, ; Gen. Syst. 3: 421 (1834) (syn: Dendrophthoe cordifolia Wall. ex Mart.; Loranthus buddleioides Thw.; Loranthus cordifolius Wall.);
India: Tropical and subtropical regions, above 1000 m altitude, found on a variety of hosts. Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Nepal and Sri Lanka as per BSI flora of India;
Pakistani Kashmir (Mirpur), Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir, Jammu), Sri Lanka, India (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Myanmar [Burma] (widespread), Nepal, Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;

Leaves alternate, oblong/orbicular-ovate, to 5.5 x 4 cm, whitish, base cordate, apex obtuse; petiole 1.5 cm. Inflorescence a condensed raceme, 5 cm wide, fascicled at nodes of old branches, with 30-40 flowers; bracts ovate. Calyx truncate, 3 mm; teeth obscure. Corolla orange-tawny, 6 mm wide, split down on one side from above the middle; tube 1.5 cm; lobes 4, each 7 mm. Stamens 4. Style 2.3 cm. Fruit clavate, attenuate towards base.

Flowering and fruiting: September-February
Semi-evergreen forests
South Asia

Images by tspkumar



TSP21OCT2015-1:Loranthaceae sp for ID assistance. : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)

Submitting few images of a Loranthaceae sp for ID assistance….Could it be Scurrula cordifolia…???
Habit:  Epiphytic, Parasitic shrub.
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest..
Sighting: Nallur, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 900 msl.
Date: 15-10-2015 and 21-10-2015 

Having seen this in Morni Hills, I agree with your id …!!

Thank you …, This is Scurrula cordifolia. The dense candelabrate hairs, relatively long petioles and the flower buds with abruptly acute apex give the identity.

Loranthus cordifolius ATJUNE2016/41 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)

Loranthus cordifolius
Heart-Leaf Mistletoe
Solan (H.P.)


Loranthus cordifolius ATJUNE2016/39 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Loranthus cordifolius
Heart-Leaf Mistletoe
Solan (H.P.)

Marvellous capture, … Any Leaves ?

Wild Plant For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 131213 : AK-16 : Attachments (2). 12 posts by 4 authors.
A plant which was growing on another tree in the garden.
Id please

Perhaps, Loranthus

Could be Loranthus cordifolius as in FOI? Experts kindly confirm id.

It does not seem to be Loranthus cordifolius Wall. [This species is now called Scurrula cordifolia (Wall.) G.Don]. In this species the ovary is clavate, whereas the ovaries seen here are obconic. Further, in S. cordifolia, the young leaves are clothed with velvety white mealy tomentum. This character is nor evident in the images shown here.
One needs to see the stamens and anthers to confirm the species. It is most probably Scurrula elata (Edgew.) Danser. But this species is confined to sub-Himalayan tracts and not seen in S.India. See the key in Flora of India, vol. 23: 22 – 29 (2012).

Thanks a lot, …, What about the species available at the link: Loranthus cordifolius – Heart-Leaf Mistletoe – Flowers of India ?

Thanks for the correction in id and additional information. I am adding two more pictures with young leaves which could help in id.

Yes, this seems to be Scurrula cordifolia (Wall.) G.Don, matching in leaf-shape and indumentum of young leaves. However, the main character of anthers with or without sterile apices can be the deciding factor, which can be studied only by dissecting live plants.

Thanks for the id.
On searching, my pictures resembled Scurrula ferruginea too. Kindly have a look on Google search.

Scurrula ferruginea (Roxb. ex Jack) Danser is so far known only from Myanmar, S.China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The reports of its occurrence in Goa is based on wrong identification.
It is not possible for me to definitely state whether your plant is S. ferruginea or another species.

Thanks for the feedback. Will try taking better pictures during next visit.

Scurrula cordifolia (Wall.) G. Don SN 15March 04 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Scurrula cordifolia (Wall.) G. Don, parasitic shrub from Yercaud hill station., Tamilnadu

Loranthus cordifolius from Morni hills.. : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Here am sharing some images of Loranthus cordifolius from Morni hiills taken on September2018..!!


SK 3929 26 February 2024: 7 very high res. images.
Location: Ranibari, Kathmandu
Date: 15 February 2024
Elevation: 1370 m.

Habitat : Wild 

Pl. check
To me appears close.






Catalogue of Life

Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal 

The Plant List (Scurrula cordifolia G.Don (Unresolved) syn. with Loranthus cordifolius Wall. (Unresolved)) 

India Biodiversity Portal  Handbook of Excursion Flora of the Gangetic Plains and Adjoining Hills By M. N. Sanyal (1991- Description) 

Diseases and Pathogens of Eucalypts edited by PJ Keane, GA Kile, FD Podger, BN Brown (2000)