Taxillus cuneatus (Heyne) Danser (syn: Dendrophthoe cuneata (Heyne) G. Don; Locella cuneata (Heyne) van Tiegh.; Locella goodeniifolia Van Tiegh.; Locella lobeliifolia (DC.) van Tiegh.; Loranthus cuneatus Heyne; Loranthus goodeniiflorus (DC.) DC.; Loranthus lobeliiflorus DC.; Loranthus montanus Wight; Loranthus viscifolius Wight; Scurrula goodeniifolia (DC.) G. Don; Scurrula lobeliiflora (DC.) G. Don);
India: Deccan and Western Peninsula, from Konkan southwards, from 700 m and above, occurring on a variety of hosts in open forests. Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala; Sri Lanka as per BSI Flora of India;

Branches slender, rugulose, glabrous. Leaves to 3 x 1.5 cm, obovate, rounded or retuse at apex; nerves obscure; petiole 2-4 mm long. Racemes axillary, shortly peduncled; bracts 1 mm long, obovate. Flowers few; calyx 1.5 mm long, irregularly toothed, pubescent; corolla 2 cm long, tube inflated at middle, curved, greenish-white. Berry 8 mm long, ovoid, crimson.

Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Semi-evergreen and dry deciduous forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Images by tspkumar




91-TSP-ID-28JUL2016-1: A Loranthaceae sp @ Devaramane for ID : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

Kindly identify this plant belonging to Loranthaceae 

Habit: Parasite 

Habitat: Wild, Evergreen forest 

Sighting: Devaramane, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 11-02-2016

Perhaps Taxillus cuneatus Danser due to the few flowered inflorescence, corolla split to one side (for the genus) and glabrous nature of the plant and cuneate leaves (for the species). I may be wrong.

…, checked it up with the Digital flora of Karnataka. Your analyses is right as per the description of the species therein but the page do not have images to compare and corroborate (Ref-1).However,could find an image of T.cuneatus in the web that matches…! (Ref-2)

 I think you are spot on…! Thanks again



Dendrophthoe species for id : 10 posts by 4 authors. 3 images.

Spotted at Satara , Maharashtra 03. 07. 2012

Dendrophthoe memecylifolia (Wight & Arn.) Danser ?? 

Looks different from Dendrophthoe memecylifolia as per GBIF.
Also looks different from Dendrophthoe neelgherrensis as per GBIF
Also looks different from Dendrophthoe pentandra as per GBIF
May be some variety of Dendrophthoe falcata as per GBIF, which is quite variable in its leaves.

Pl. also check recently reported Dendrophthoe glabrescens from India as per GBIF and
Taxillus cuneatus 

Thanks a lot, … Yes, matches as per Taxillus cuneatus
Did not think in that direction.