India: Found on a variety of hosts along fringes of forests. Throughout the country; Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Moluccas and Timor as per BSI Flora of India ;

Parasitic shrubs; branches erect, tomentose. Leaves 5-9 x 3-5 cm, ovate, rounded at base and apex; golden tomentose below; petiole to 1 cm long. Flowers in axillary fascicles or shortly peduncled cymes, 16-20 together; bract ovate, densely tomentose; calyx cupular; corolla 15 mm long, slender, densely tomentose; lobes 4, ovate, acute; stamens 4, filaments glabrous; stigma clavate. Berry obovoid, densely hairy.

Flowering and fruiting: November-February
Moist and dry deciduous forests
South and South East Asia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

TSP21OCT2015-2: Loranthaceae sp for ID assistance : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)
Submitting few images of a Loranthaceae sp for ID assistance….Could it be Scurrula buddleiodes…???
Habit: Epiphytic, Parasitic shrub.
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest..
Sighting: Nallur, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 900 msl.
Date:15-10-2015 and 21-10-2015

Scurrula species so far in efi 

attached pics do not conform to foc description

This may be Scurrula cordifolia.

efi page on Scurrula cordifolia 

Earlier I thought it has some characters relevant to S. parasitica L. But … has much much more experience and records of all family members, including loranthaceae. I have learned many many species from two volumes of … book.

Kindy refer …. http://florakarnataka.herbsheet.php?id=2710&cat=1……
In the instant case the leaves are brown-tomentose rather than white-tomentose as in S.cordifolia (TSP21OCT2015-1)…. My impression is it is Scurrula parasitica which is also referred to as Scurrula buddleiodes as per Digital Flora of Karnataka pages…!!!

Fwd: SK2MAR5-2016:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors.

Request for ID please!
Outskirts of Kathmandu valley at 1300M.

Berries of Scurrula sp. Loranthaceae.

Scurrula species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net) 

Appears to be Scurrula parasitica L. as per your other threads:

Need help ! : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Are these two specimens same species?
First  image shot at Gurje Bhanjyang, Nepal on 26 January 2016 at 6300 ft. and the second one shot at Nagarkot , Nepal on 28 December 2016 at 6600 ft.

To me these appear close.

I think close to images at Scurrula parasitica


Scurrula parasitica L. (accepted name) ?? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal 
Altitude: 7500 ft.
Date: 28 December 2016
Nepali Names: ऐँजेरु Ainjeru  / लिसो Liso

I think close to images at Scurrula parasitica

Scurrula parasitica L. ?? : 15 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)- around 600 kb each.
Location:  Nagarkot
Date: 21 August 2018
Elevation:6800 ft.
Habit : Wild 

yes, seems you are on right track

Appears close as per first glance at

Same plant on 19 November!
Attachments (7) – around 700 kb each.

I guess it is more matching to Scurrula elata (Edgew.) Danser.

Validation of ID ?

Two posts appears to be different.
Flora of China gives the following keys:
4 (3) Racemes densely 3-7-flowered; corolla 1-2.5 cm; berry base abruptly contracted into distinct stalk. 7 S. parasitica
+ Racemes 6-11-flowered; corolla 2.8-3.2 cm; berry base gradually tapered, not forming distinct stalk. (5)
5 (4) Branchlet and leaf hairs brown; bract ovate, ca. 1.5 mm; corolla tube inflated, ca. 3 mm in diam.; berry turbinate. 2 S. elata
As per Flora of China, it should be Scurrula:
7 (5) Calyx pyriform or turbinate, base attenuate; fruit base narrow or long attenuate. 6 Scurrula
+ Calyx ellipsoid or ovoid, rarely subglobose, base not attenuate; fruit base rounded. 7 Taxillus
So first post may be of S. elata and 2nd of S. parasitica 

But it is the same plant …!

Yes, images at Scurrula elata (Edgew.) Danser is also creating a doubt in my mind.
First plant may be showing immature fruit, while 2nd one may be showing mature fruits.
So, if they are same it should be Scurrula parasitica L.

mistletoes can havre differences in forms not only in mature vs young/juvenile plants, also seasons….

SK 2296 18 November 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3) -1,1 & 3 mb.
Location: Chisapani, Kathmandu
Date: 01 October  2019
Elevation: 2176 m.
Habit : Wild
Scurrula parasitica L. ??

Attachments (2) – 3 mb each.

Attachments (1) – 7 mb.

I also think close to images at Scurrula parasitica as per comparative images at Scurrula

Scurrula parasitica submission : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (7)
Scurrula parasitica
Family – Loranthaceae
Host plant – Phyllanthus emblica
Photographed at Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh
In February 2020


MS,Nov.,2022/19 Loranthaceae for id: 1 image.
Location : Hmuifang, Mizoram

Altitude : 1,450 m
Date : 02-11-2022
Habit : Epiphytic shrub
Habitat : Wild

With this limited image I can guess Scurrula buddleioides (Desr.) G.Don only.

Any keys?

Pl. post high res. image/ images to check the details.

1 high res. image

Appears close to Scurrula parasitica L.


411 ID wild parasite Dendrophthoe: 23 images.
Please ID wild parasite,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 07JAN2023, 03.15pm
Habitat: wild moisture rocky hill, rooted into another plant
Plant habit: hemi parasite, obliquely, branches, hard brownish stem, brown velvety young twigs, perennial
Height: 01 feet
Leaves: opposite, ovate, acute, velvety brownish petioles, size upto:08×4cm
Flower: extra-axillary racemose, 04 sepals, size:18x05mm, yellow with purplish shade, lite fragrance
Fruit: pear shaped berry, brown, velvety size:10×7mm
Seed: brown single, globular
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Pl. check
Wonderful images.

It resembles Scurrula buddleioides, sharing an image,

Please check Scurrula parasitica L. !

Yes It’s Scurrula.

Yes it is resembles to Scurrula parasitica, thank you very much for ID my plant

Yes, as per images at


Scurrula parasitica L.:

Location: Latha Bhanjyang, Chapakhark, Lalitpur
Date: 14 January 2024
Elevation: 2100 m.

Habit : Wild

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