Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexifolia (DC.) Rajasek., J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 31: 182 2007.;

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TSPOCT2015-31: Images of Macrosolen parasiticus shared : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

It is my pleasure to share a few images of Macrosolen parasiticus (Loranthaceae)

Habit: Epiphytic, parasitic shrub

Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest fringe
Sighting: Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl
Date: 22-08-2015 

Here again, this should be Elytranthe parasitica (L.) Danser.

Leaves here are sessile and amplexicaule. Not a feature of Macrosolen parasiticus. There is a Revision of Loranthaceae (please see Observations.pdf, page 30) published recently from Mysore University which lists Dendropthoe falcata var. amplexifolius with amplexicaul leaves as seen here. The pdf also provides diagrams and field photographs of all Loranthaceae members of Karnataka along with a list of host plants. A close up of the base of the flower would be nice to rule out the presence of bracteoles (thus eliminating Macrosolen sp.).

…, Thanks for the feedback and the info….

This book was published in Jan. 2013 and therefore the author unfortunately missed the opportunity of referring to the Flora of India Volume 23 published in Oct. 2012 which is still the most dependable treatment for the family Loranthaceae on All India basis.

Thank you … Here is the same variety from the BSI website. Kindly validate.

In view of discussions & Id by … taking it as Dendrophthoe falcata only.

Thanks … Noted for guidance.

Please find attached herewith the different form of Dendrophthoe falcata from the canopy of evergreen forests of KMTR, Tamil Nadu. This species prefer to grow only on top of the canopy of Palaquim ellipticum and Ormosia travancorica. The height varies from 8-23m and we had to climb the host trees to do pollination experiments and visitation observation.
It was a very unique and nice experience to climb on top of the canopy through single rope and stay there day long!

Forwarding three video links showing that how our Traditional Healers collect it from Mahua.

D.falcata var. falcata


Some of my photographs of Dendrophthoe falcata. Please also check my previous mails on this.

Thanks … It seems that yours is D.falcata var. falcata and … D.falcata var. coccinea.

According to Gamble, the plant that I studied was D. amplexifolia as the leaves shows amplexicaul nature. Later it has been merged with D.falcata
That is why I treated that as D. falcata only. Further, ‘the plant list says that there is no variety listed as accepted name for D.falcata and whatever varieties were recorded earlier has become synonyms to D.falcata. I am not trying to say that the plant list (as of now) is a final word in this matter.
We have seen several forms of this species with difference in leaf shape and size and flower color. 

Thanks for your reply. Visited the link mentioned by you. Please see their confidence level and Source WCSP (in review). Hence, it is not accepted so far.
I read about var. falcata and var. coccinea from this link

Thank you for your reply.
Yes I noted that and I think the red flowered Dendrophthoe might be the one that is seen in the picture in the given link. I haven’t seen D. falcata with red with an yellow tip as we seen in my pictures that is why I mentioned a different form.
Again plant list consider D. coccinea as a different species though the confidence level is less and there is no D. falcata var. falcata in their list!

On the basis of medicinal properties and uses the Healers talk about over 30 types of Dendrophthoe

Medicinal properties of D. falcata (or any other parasite for that matter) vary depend on the host plant, I assume. Traditional healers in TN think that the one that grows on Neem tree has high medicinal value. I have no idea about its actual use, though :
I am sure … has a lot to say…

I too heard that tribals in Kerala prefer use Dendrophthoe spp. grow on Strychnos nux-vomica, which is rare at least in Kerala, as medicine.

Attigundi Road Karnataka
Date: 14 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1450 – 1600 m (4750 – 5250 ft) asl
Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh. var. coccinea … (family: Loranthaceae) 

were all the leaves on the plant as in these pictures?  I am not familiar with these cordate/sessile leaves on this species.

Thanks, …  I also felt the same but did not point out before checking again.

Yes …, they were just as seen here in the photo.
Thank you very very much for your scrutinizing eye; indeed the leaves are different and also relatively smaller than var. coccinea.
Referring to pages of eFI and BSI, the posted plant must be var. amplexifolia.
Will correct my notes at flickr to Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexifolia.

Forgot to embed links … Referring to pages of eFI and BSI

Loranthus Sp?? : 10 posts by 8 authors. Attachments (4)
Came across this Loranthus sp. near “Thoseghar waterfall, Satara region”. (Date: 02-10-2009). Requesting for ID..

How about Dendrophthoe sp.

It could be an epiphytic plant known as Dendrophthoe falcata LORANTHACEAE.

Dendrophthoe falcata (LORANTHACEAE) is a parasite, not an epiphyte.

‘Dendrophthoe falcata’ is called ‘बांडगूळ’ in Marathi.

… commonly known as: curved mistletoe, honey suckle mistletoe • Bengali: baramanda, পরগাছা paragaacha • Garo: tuthekmi • Gujarati: વંદો vando • Hindi: बंदा banda, बंदा पाठा banda patha, बन्दाल bandal • Kannada: ಬಮ್ದಣಿಕೆ bamdanike, ಮದುಕ maduk • Konkani: bemdram • Malayalam: ഇത്തിള്‍ iththil, ഇത്തിക്കണ്ണി ittikkanni • Marathi: बांडगुळ bandgul, बाशिंगी bashingi • Oriya: ବନ୍ଦା • Punjabi: amut • Sanskrit: वंदा vanda, वृक्षादनी vrksadani, वृक्षरुहा vrksaruha • Tamil: புல்லுரீ pulluri, புல்லுருவீ pulluruvi, உசீ uchi • Telugu: జిద్దూ jiddu, యెలింగా yelinga

Not convinced that this is Dendrophthoe falcata. The petioles are very long and stout. Could it be Dendrophthoe trigona / Loranthus trigonus?

Have previously posted this on the net – this has been identified as Taxillus elliptius by …

Appears close to images at Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexifolia (DC.) Rajasek.


Satara, MH :: Loranthaceae for validation :: ARK2020-031 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
This was seen growing on a Xantolis tomentosa tree near the Thoseghar waterfalls view point near Satara. MH in October 2019.
Similar images posted by … have been identified as Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexicaulis?
Do these also belong to the same species. Requested to validate.

Looks matching.!


Dendrophthoe falcata var. coccinea ? : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)

…. and the pink flowered plant is a parasite in the Loranthaceae family.

Attaching some cropped pics for helping with the ID of the Loranthaceae member.

PL. check with images of Dendrophthoe falcata var. coccinea

Yes, appear like those of Dendrophthoe falcata

This has been ID’ed as Dendrophthoe falcata var. amplexicaulis as per Satara, MH :: Loranthaceae for validation :: ARK2020-031.





Flora of India Volume 23  Tropicos  Zipcodezoo   The Plant List Ver. 1.1 (syn. of Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ettingsh.)  

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