Christisonia tubulosa (Wight) Benth. ex Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 321 1884. (Syn: Oligopholis tubulosa Wight);
Common name: Magenta Ghost Flower
India as per Catalogue of Life;
Fleshy leafless parasitic herbs, 15-26 cm high. Stem scaly, simple or branched from the rootstock. Scales 2-3 mm long, ovate-lanceolate. Inflorescence terminal, lax racemes; pedicels 1-2.5 cm long. Calyx tubular; tube 0.8-1.2 cm long; lobes obtuse. Corolla funnel-shaped, purplish white; tube 2.5-4 cm long, 2-lipped, 5-lobbed; lobes orbicular, subequal, lower lip yellowish at throat. Stamens 4, didynamous, connivent in pairs; anthers 2-celled, 1 cell perfect, other sterile, spurred. Ovary 1-celled, ovules many; style slender; stigma peltate. Capsule 0.8-1.2 cm long, ovoid. Seeds many, minute, calyx tube persistent in fruits.
Flowering and fruiting: July-August
Evergreen and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats (endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi
from India Biodiversity Portal)
ANSEPT36/36 Christisonia tubulosa (Wight) Benth. ex Hook. f. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)
Great Find …
I too had seen this root parasitic plant in Munnar region in 2006 and i was told that this is very rare. This plant was rediscovered in 2003, after 90 years! See this link,
Interesting information! Thank you very much sir.
To me appears close.
Yes it is Christisonia tubulosa, thank you very much for ID my plant and providing link