Helixanthera obtusata


Flowering & Fruiting: April – June

Distribution: Endemic to Western ghats


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.


Helixantheraobtusata (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.


LoranthusobtusatusSchult. in Roem. &Schult., Syst. Veg. 7: 1650. 1830; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 205. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1251(876). 1925.