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  Taxillus cuneatus
 
  Family: LORANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Taxillus cuneatus (Heyne ex Roth) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenz. ser. 3, 10: 354. 1929; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 400. 1994; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 387. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 275. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 596. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 358. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 274. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 276. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 584. 2002. Loranthus cuneatus Heyne ex Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 193. 1821; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 214. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1253(877). 1925.
  Malayalam Name(s): Ottupuluri
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Parasitic shrubs, branches slender, rugulose, glabrous. Leaves simple, alternate, to 3 x 1.5 cm, obovate, rounded or retuse at apex, base cuneate and decurrent to the petiole; nerves obscure; petiole 2-4 mm long. Flowers 2-5 in axillary sessile or pedunculate fascicles; bracts 2 mm long, obovate. Calyx 2 mm long, tube subcylindric, limb irregularly toothed, pubescent. Corolla 2-3 cm long, tube inflated at middle, curved, 5-ribbed, greenish-white; lobes linear, recurved or spreading. Stamens exserted beyond the corolla tube; filaments dark red. Berry 8 mm long, ovoid, crowned by the calyx teeth, crimson.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-April
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Semi-evergreen and dry deciduous forests
  Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: Yes
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, Yellow, Orange
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 600-700
  Localities: Peechi, Kattalappara, Karimutty, Kokkara, Kuchimudi, Thekkady, Lock-hert gap, Ampumala, Karamanayar region, Bonaccord
   
 
   
 
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