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  Helicanthes elastica
 
  Family: LORANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Helicanthes elastica (Desr.) Danser, Verh. Akad. Wet. afd. Natuurk. Sect. 2. 29: 55. 1933; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 253. 1982; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 327. 1985; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 239. 1988; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 349. 1989; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 350. 1984; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 410. 1990; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 318. 1995; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 385. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 356. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 274. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 580. 2002; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 612. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 708. 2009. Loranthus elasticus Desr. in Lam., Encycl. 3: 599. 1792; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 216. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1254(877). 1925. Dendrophthoe elasticus (Desr.) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenz. ser. 3, 10: 308. 1929; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 428. 2005.
  Malayalam Name(s): MavuIththill
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  Description: Semi-parasitic dichotomously branched subshrubs; branchlets woody, swollen at nodes, glabrous. Leaves opposite, 4-8 x 1.5-4 cm, ovate or elliptic-oblong, base obtuse or truncate, apex acute or obtuse, thickly coriaceous, glaucous beneath, basally 3-nerved; sessile or subsessile. Flowers aggregated in short axillary fascicles. Calyx minute, flask-shaped, margin truncate. Corolla white with green stripes, 2.5-3.5 cm long, split lengthwise into 5 linear, twisted lobes. Stamens 5, exserted, filaments crimson. Ovary ca. 1.5 mm long; style 3-3.5 cm long; stigma ovoid. Berry 6-8 x 3-3.5 mm, obovoid, red.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Evergreen and moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: Yes
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 600-750
  Localities: Peechi, Kuriachira, Vallakkadavu, Thellickal, Panthenthode border, Kodumon, Kalliassey, Olavakkot, Mulleria, Mannarghat town, Thenmalai, Rockwood, Ezhupunna, Koviltherimala
   
 
   
 
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