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Indian Tolypanthus   
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Indian Tolypanthus
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Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Tolypanthus
Botanical name: Tolypanthus lagenifer    Family: Loranthaceae (Mistletoe family)
Synonyms: Loranthus lageniferus

Indian Tolypanthus is a parasitic shrub, native to South-West India. Stem lenticillate. Leaves opposite, reddish when young, ovate, base rounded; leaf-stalk 0.5 cm long. Flowers almost stalkless, sitting on woody stem, subtended by reddish, bell-shaped, 5-lobed, 2-3 cm long bract structure. Sepals are 5, triangular. Actual flower is inside the bell shaped bracts, 5-petalled, reddish; tube dilated above the middle. Stamens 5; filaments short; anthers linear, style erect; stigma capitate. Flowering: July-September.
Photographed Ahupe ghat, Murbad, Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale • Is this flower misidentified? If yes,