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  Helixanthera obtusata
 
  Family: LORANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Helixanthera obtusata (Schult.) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenz. ser. 3, 10: 317. 1929; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 327. 1985; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 240. 1988; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 37. 1996; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 58. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 357. 1998; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 428. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 709. 2009. Loranthus obtusatus Schult. in Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 7: 1650. 1830; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 205. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1251(876). 1925.
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  Description: Parasitic shrubs, branchlets terete, slender, ferrugineus-tomentose. Leaves simple, alternate, to 14 x 8 cm, ovate, obtuse, base rounded, coriaceous, glabrous, young leaves usually red; petiole 1 cm long. Flowers in many flowered axillary racemes which are solitaru or 2-3 together, to 8 cm long, densely golden tomentose; bracts with a small appendage.; pedicel 5 mm long, reflexed; Calyx 3 mm long, cylindric, slightly constricted at mouth, limb very short. Corolla dark pink, dark purple inside to 18 mm long, 4-angular and curved in bud, lobes 4, free, tomentose outside. Anthers dark brown. Style 4 angled, stigma capitate. Berry 4 mm long, ovoid, truncate at apex somewhat tuberculate.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-June
  District(s): Kasaragode, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur
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  Habitat: Evergreen forests and shola forests
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: Yes
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
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  Localities: Ambari, Eravangalar, Nemakad, Mannavan shola, Kakki hills, Aruvanpara, Periyarum
   
 
   
 
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