Helixanthera hookeriana Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg III, 10: 317 1929. ;
India: Found on Mallotus philippensis in hills of Tamil Nadu; Sri Lanka as per BSI Flora of India;
Branches slender, tubercled, glabrous. Leaves to 10 x 3.5 cm, elliptic, acuminate, glabrous; petiole to 7 mm long. Spike to 7 cm long, unbranched, many-flowered; bracts tomentose. Flowers in small excavations on the rachis; calyx broaden at base; corolla 1 cm long, curved, lobes 4, tomentose; stamens 4, stigma globose.
Flowering and fruiting: March-May
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Submitting images of a parasitic plant that possibly is a Helixanthera spp for identification.
Date/time: 8-05-2015/ 4-00 PM
Location: Hassan-Gorur road, Karnataka, about 900msl
Habit: An epiphytic plant parasite.
We are also worked on a loranthus species found in arunachal pradesh. The species is helixanthera ligustrina. I think your species may be a morphotype of H.ligustrina. The pattern looks same but a bit a little different.
Helixanthera species as per Flora Of India & in efi so far
It could be Helixanthera hookeriana (Wight & Arn.) Danser
Flowers are sessile, spike mealy….. please check for H. hookeriana (Wight & Arn.) Danser.
For your perusal, Sir –
References: The Plant List Ver.1.1 (unresolved) IPNI BSI Flora of India JSTOR (Herbarium) India Biodiversity Portal Kerala plants