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Links to Other Sites about Parasitic Plants

Parasitic Plants in General

  1. Introduction to parasitic flowering plants by Dan Nickrent amd Lytton Musselman (2004, updated 2011. APS Education Center Introductory Topics: Introductions to the Major Pathogen Groups).
  2. International Parasitic Plant Society. The IPPS is dedicated to advancing scientific research on parasitic plants. This includes increasing our understanding of these amazing plants as well as helping to decrease the crop damage inflicted by weedy parasitic plants. This web site was designed and is maintained by James Westwood.
  3. Plant Site from Old Dominion University. Lytton Musselman has made available thousands of photographs that he has assembled during a lifetime of travel and photography. There are many categories to choose from, including Bible Plants, Blackwater Ecological Reserve, Flora of Jordan, Great Dismal Swamp, Hydnora, Isoetes, and more.
  4. Haustorium Parasitic Plants Newsletter Past issues of this newsletter are available at this web site. The website maintained by Old Dominion University.
  5. Parasitic Plant Database. This database was established by Jan Schlauer and Willem Meijer with help from Rick Walker. It is a nomenclatural synopsis of selected parasitic plants, specifically the holoparasitic groups: Rafflesiaceae, Balanophoraceae, Hydnoraceae, Orobanchaceae, Cuscutaceae. It contains over 4000 entries and has search capabilities.
  6. Parasite of the Day.  This blog deals with parasites of all kinds, but on occassion features parasitic plants, such as Rhinanthus minor (Dec. 1, 2011), Viscum album (Dec. 17, 2010) or Cuscuta campestris (July 10, 2016).
  7. Parasitic Plants. Also features mycoheterotrophic plants. Botanical Society of America.


Sites Dealing with Striga and Orobanche

  1. Striga. At Wikipedia.
  2. Striga asiatica. At the Plants Profile, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  3. Evolution of the parasitic plant Orobanche.  By Gerald Schneeweiss, University of Vienna.
  4. Orobanche. From "Den Virtuella Floran" (The Virtual Flora).
  5. Orobanche. At the Plants Profile, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  6. Orobanche. At Wikipedia.
  7. Orobanche - the broomrapes. An article by Larry W. Mitich (Wayback archive).


Sites Dealing with Mistletoes

  1. UC Davis Pest Management Guidelines for Mistletoe. Contains advice on dealing with both Phoradendron (broad-leaf mistletoe) and Arceuthobium (dwarf mistletoe).
  2. Mistletoes of North American conifers. USDA Forest Service publication (by Geils, Tovar and Moody). Pdf file of the publication availabe at the link provided.
  3. Background on mistletoe.  University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
  4. Misunderstood Mistletoe: Scribbly Gum, from ABC Science, Australia.
  5. Dwarf Mistletoe Management Guidebook. British Columbia Ministry of Forests.
  6. What do mistletoes have to do with Christmas? APSNet feature article by Frank Tainter.
  7. The Mistletoe Pages.  Despite the broad topic implied in the title, this page is about Viscum album.
  8. Exploring the World of Mistletoes. A wonderful series of web pages containing information about these plants, told from the perspective of Dr. Bryan Barlow.
  9. North Queensland Plants by Roger Fryer and Jill Newland. An excellent compilation of photos of mistletoes from this part of the world by true enthusiasts.
  10. South Australian Butterflies Data Sheet. This page describes a number of Loranthaceae that serve as food plants for butterfly larvae.
  11. iSpot from Southern Africa.  Observations on the family Loranthaceae. Contains photos of a number of genera including Agelanthus, Erianthemum, Moquiniella, Oncocalyx, Pedistylis, Plicosepalus, Septulina, and Tapinanthus.  Additional photos of Santalales (including Balanophoraceae, Santalaceae, Thesiaceae, and Viscaceae) can be seen HERE.
  12. Mistletoes of Singapore.  Ron Yeo has done a wonderful job on this blog (tHE tiDE cHAsER). Features some of the common mistletoes such as Dendrophthoe pentandra, Macrosolen cochinchinensis, M. retusus, Taxillus chinensis, Viscum ovalifolium, and V. articulatum. If you want to learn more about mistletoes from Singaore, see this book: Yong JWH, Wei JW, Khew JYT, Rong SC, San WW. 2015. A guide to the common epiphytes and mistletoes of Singapore. Singapore: CENGAGE Learning (Center for Urban Greenery and Ecology).


Sites Dealing with Rafflesia

The "Queen of the Parasites" sparks alot of interest and for good reason! It is, of course, the largest flower in the world and for this reason has substantial attraction to tourists in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines where it is found. Here are a few sites dealing with this marvelous parasite:

  1. Wikipedia treatment of Rafflesia. Your PPC author spent considerable time writing and contributing sections on Philippine Rafflesia to Wikipedia.  Someone later edited this page, removing all this information, and replacing it with a short paragraph on Malaysian Rafflesia.  Because Wikipedia has apparently turned into some forum for people with political agendas, I will no longer be involved in this endeavor.
  2. Rafflesia from ARKive, images of life on earth.
  3. Julie Barcelona's site on Philippine ferns and Rafflesia.
  4. Rafflesia life history.  From Todd Barkman's web page, Western Michigan University.
  5. "The Stinking Corpse Lily: World's Largest Flower" on Rafflesia is #10 found HERE. The following article (#11) is called "Pilostyles: California Relative of Largest Flower." From Wayne's Word. A newsletter of natural history trivia.
  6. Floral Giants from Humble Beginnings.  Travels in the Great Tree of Life from the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University.


Last updated: 27-July-16 / DLN