Dhaira, loranthus globosus

Dhaira (loranthus globosus, family: loranthaceae) is a parasitic plant with hard and blackish violet stem. The plant is native to Southern Asia.

Common names: Dhaira, Mistletoe.

In Bangladesh, loranthus globosus usually chooses Mahogany, Rubber fig and Mango tree as host plants.

Flowers are small, red-yellow, tubular, borne on long inflorescence. Flower blooms in summer.

Leaves are simple, green, petioled, ovate-oblong, alternate. Leaves usually have a blunt end.

The plant sometimes weakens and kills the host.