Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.

 
  • Family : CUSCUTACEAE
    (Dodder or Devil’s gut Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : CUSCUTA FAMILY
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : CONVOLVULACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.
  • Common name : Common Dodder, Amar Bel
  • Vernacular name : Akasha Bela, Amarbel (Hindi); Akasha balli (Kannada); Sitamma pogunalu, Passitiga, Sitamma savaram (Telugu); Mari, Nirmulli, Kodiya-gundal, Cadadari (Oria); Aakashvali, Aasparsha (Sanskrit); Amarvel (Marathi); Akasagarudakodi, Akasathamara, Akasavalli, Moodillathali (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Parasite
  • Habitat : Deciduous forests, also in the plains
  • Key identification features : Leafless twining
  • Flower, Fruit : October-April
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Palakonda Hills (Kadapa district), Anantapur district, Srikakulam district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Idukki district, Kottayam district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district
    • Maharashtra : Akola district
    • Odisha : Ganjam district
    • Tamil Nadu : Alagar Hills (Madurai district), Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills, Kalrayan Hills, Bodamalai Hills (Salem district), Pachamalai Hills (Tiruchirapalli district), Chitteri Hills, Yelagiri Hills (Vellore district), Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Piranmalai Hills (Sivaganga district), Theerthamalai Hills, Dharmapuri Hills (Dharmapuri district), Gingee Hill (Villipuram district), Javadu Hills (Tiruvannamalai district)
  • World Distribution : Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Siam, Malesia, China
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Cuscuta reflexa. Downloaded on 29 November 2020.

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