Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg III, 10: 317 1929. (Syn: Dithecina ligustrina (Wall.) Tiegh.; Gaiadendron ligustrinum (Wall.) Engl.);
India: Tropical or subtropical Himalayas, up to 1500 m altitude, found on a limited number of hosts, the few recorded are Eurya acuminata, Cedrela toona, Ficus clavata, Mallotus philippensis and Melia azedarach. Uttar Pradesh, W. Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura; Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, S. China, Indo-china, Thailand and Philippines (Luzon) as per BSI flora of India;


SK 2195 23 September 2019 : 24 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4) – 1, 1, 2 & 2 mb.

Location:  Indra Daha, Kathmandu
Altitude: 1825 m.
Date: 18 August 2019
Habit : Wild

Attachments (3) – 1, 1 & 3 mb.

Attachments (1) – 6 mb.

Looks Loranthaceae family species

this not tree, it’s a parasitic shrub, … is correct, Loranthaceae member, Helixanthera only,

Thanks, … Yes, I now see it clearly.

Thank you …! I guess it matches with Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser according to ACFPoN. Could you please verify?

Am not sure about sp. …, I will go through that when I have complete information only, finalize yourself sp. because you know which one is recorded in local floras,

Only two sp. recorded according to the ACFPoN and I guess Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser matches on the basis of elevation. However I could not find images of fruiting stage in the net for comparison.
Can you please help from the enclosed materials ?
Attachments (3)

what is the another recorded sp. as per  ACFPoN,

Please open the link
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=110&taxon_id=114928 I had sent.

I cant tell strongly with this information, let’s wait for experts comments,

Ok …!

Pl. check in Gbif.

Member of family Loranthaceae. Could be a species of Taxillus

Thank you …,
Two species are listed in Nepal so far. I guess it is more close to Taxillus umbellifer (Schult. & Schult.f.) Danser.
Could you please check once the links ?

I appreciate that you always get back with possible identities of plants for further validation, after the initial suggestion of the genus or family. But I must confess that  I am never able to respond to your follow up emails. This is because I havent seen those species myself  and I rarely have the time to sit with the flora and validate the identity by matching the keys and the description.  I am telling you this so that you know the reasons for me not getting back to you on those posts.

Checklist of Nepal is not opening right now.
It appears closer to Taxillus umbellifer as per High resolution specimen at GBIF. Pl. check. To me appears close.
Also check with other listed species in Checklist.

Thank you for validation …

Same plant on 19 January 2020!
3 images- 6 to 7 mb each.

Thanks, …
As per Checklist of Nepal, two species are reported as
It looks different from Helixanthera parasitica Lour. as per FoC illustration.
It appears close to Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser as per Specimen from GBIF
I think Taxillus umbellifer (Schult. f.) Danser is also showing a specimen from Nepal, but it looks different now.

You are correct …!

Kindly identify this loranthus species : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
Kindly identify the loranthus species found in the citrus orchards of pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. This parasite is also seen in fig tree also.
Flower- red in colour, around 1cm in length, 4 petals, 4 stamens and 1pistil.

First two pictures are same as in efi thread


Fwd: Loranthus species identification : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Once again I am uploading this loranthus species found in citrus plant of pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh for species identification.
The flowers are around 1 cm in length and red in colour.

Identification requested of Loranthaceae member : 19 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)- around 800 kb each.
Please help to identify this hemiparasitic plant of Loranthaceae family.
I think it’s some Taxillus species.
Host tree is Populas species
Altitude -1500 metres asl
Photographed near Palampur, HP
Dated – 6 May 2018

Thanks Garg sir
But I have already checked at efloraofindia pages of Taxillus and other Loranthaceae but didn’t find any match.

Helixanthera hookeriana (Wight & Arn.)  ??

Thanks … But Helixanthera hookeriana looks different to me as it has distinct reddish brown midrib present in leaves lacking in our plant also the flower petals are much back curved and attached in our plant unlike Helixanthera hookeriana where they are less curved and free.

I think close to images at Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser

Garg sir earlier I was also thinking of the same but its different as calyx of H.ligustrina is not backly curved as in our plant.

Thanks …, yes it looks very close. It is also mentioned from subtropical Himalayas, up to 1500 m altitude, though I can’t find Populus ciliata mentioned as its host as I have seen most of plants on Populus and also there’s no records from Himachal Pradesh.
Here’s the description and distribution detail by BSI

After going through all possible areas I guess it is more close to Helixanthera ligustrina.

Link3 ???

Please validate if it is correct..


Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser : 9 posts by 1 author. 9 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur
Date: 08 March 2020
Elevation: 1519 m.

Habit : Wild


Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser : 14 posts by 2 authors. 5 + 7 images.
Location: Indra Daha, Dahachok, Kathmandu
Date: 23 June 2020
Elevation: 1800 m.
Habitat: Wild
Nepali Name : ऐंजेरू  Ainjeroo

Location: Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur
Date: 07 July 2020
Elevation: 1519 m.
Habit : Wild 

Fruiting images 


Kindly identify the species of this loranthus parasite found in the orange orchards of pasighat arunachal pradesh.


I am again uploading a smaller file size photo for your kind attention. I could not upload the flowers as the flowers will come in april- may. I will upload it as soon as it flowers.

Your specimen photograph is not informative (there is no inflorescence and details of flower) You know very well taxonomic identification at the species level, requires short descriptions along with images of flower and floral parts.

Helixanthera ligustrina (Wall.) Danser !