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

ANSEPT36/36 Christisonia tubulosa (Wight) Benth. ex Hook. f. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)

Family: Orobanchaceae
Date: 12th September 2015
Place: Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest

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.

404 ID wild parasite (?) Aeginetia: 21 high res. images.
Please ID wild parasite, very rare only single cluster plant growth on 09mm diameter old flexible stem node creeping over non soiled stone-rock.
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 29DEC2022, 04.5pm
Habitat: wild moisture, rocky hill, bamboo canopy, streamside (now dry)
Plant habit: stem parasite with peduncle characteristics, no stem or leaves, micro hairy roots, annual (plant formation on 09mm across old stem node creeping over non soiled stone-rock)
Host plant: Mikania micrantha (?)
Height: 20cm
Leaves: non leaved
Flower: lengthy peduncle spiked multiple racemose, diameter upto:03.5cm,  deep violet margins with white and yellow centred, non fragrant
Camera: CANON EOS1500D

To me appears close.

Yes it is Christisonia tubulosa, thank you very much for ID my plant and providing link




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