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)

Images by tspkumar 

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 

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.

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.




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

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