Dendrophthoe curvata (Blume) Miq.
Miquel, F.A.W. (1856) Fl. Ind. Bat. 1: 820.
Aerial stem-parasitic shrub. Epicortical runner present, attached by means of haustoria.
Leaf blades about 4-9 x 1.8-6 cm, petioles about 0.5-1.5 cm long. Venation, particularly the lateral veins, not particularly obvious.
Flowers borne in a raceme of 3-12 flowers, pedicels about 2-4 mm long. Inflorescence axis about 5-30 mm long. Calyx about 1 mm long, 5-lobed or without teeth. Perianth tube about 20-30 mm long, perianth lobes about 10-16 mm long. Calyx and corolla clothed in stalked, +/- stellate scales. Anthers about 4 mm long. Staminal filaments about 3 mm long. Ovary about 2.5-3 mm long. Style about 35 mm long. Stigma small. No locules or ovules visible in the ovary.
Fruits ellipsoidal, about 10-15 x 6.5-9 mm, calyx remnants persistent at the apex. Fruit surface often slightly scurfy. Seeds about 9-10 x 5 mm with five finger-like processes extending beyond the radicle, radicle green, often protruding from the fruit. Seeds immersed in a sticky translucent mucilage. Embryo green, about 6-7 mm long, radicle globular, cotyledons fused together.
Food plant for the larval stage of the Black Jezabel, Scarlet Jezabel, Red-banded Jezabel, Silky Jewel, Northern Purple Azure and Trident Pencilled-blue Butterflies. Braby, M. (2000).