Links to Talks and Sites about Parasitic
Videos, Talks, Seminars on Parasitic Plants
- Parasitic Plants on Stamps, talk given by Dan Nickrent March 26, 2022
to Maharashtra Vruksha Samvardhini, Pune jointly with the Department of
Botany, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. The YouTube video can be
Note: the talk begins at 4:15 and ends at 57:16 with discussion both
before and after.
- Parasitic Plants of New York State, talk given by Dan Nickrent January
18, 2022 to the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society. The YouTube video can
be seen HERE.
- Parasitic Plants: Biodiversity, genetics, and origins. Episode 1. What
is a parasitic plant? First 9 minutes on mycoheterotrophs. Joel Duff
presentation on YouTube HERE.
- The Wild World of Parasitic Plants. Breakfast Club Ep. 37 featuring
Sarah Jacobs from California Academy of Sciences. Parasitic plant part
starts at 6 minutes. YouTube video HERE.
Striga and Orobanche
- Striga biology from Access Agriculture. YouTube video HERE.
- Mechanisms of Striga (Witchweed) Resistance in Sorghum
by Steven Runo, Kenyatta University. YouTube video HERE.
- Taming the
Cereal Killer. Kenyan scientist Steven Runo talks about introducing
Striga resistance into crop plants. YouTube video HERE.
- Managing Striga weed and other parasitic weeds by Lytton
Musselman, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA. YouTube video HERE.
- Yellow Witchweed on Cowpea. Discussion of the life cycle of Alectra
vogelii from the Collaborative Crop Research Program (McNight
Foundation) and Ilonga Agricultural Research Institute. YouTube video HERE.
- How to Identify Red Witchweed. From Biosecurity Queensland, Australia,
about Striga asiatica. YouTube video HERE.
- Orobanche cumana on sunflower in Romania from Pannareuope.
YouTube video HERE.
- Examining Aphyllon californicum (formerly Orobanche
californicum) in the San Gabriell Mts. of California. YouTube
- Examining Aphyllon uniflorum (formerly Orobanche
uniflora) from Capial Naturalist. YouTube video HERE.
- Kissing Cousins: Evolution of Host Choice in Eastern Mistletoe. Talk
given by Dan Nickrent February 11, 2013 as part of Darwin Week Mini
Symposium. YouTube video HERE.
- Mistletoe - with Dr. Dave. Dave Watson explains some natural history
of Australian mistletoes in a YouTube video HERE.
- The Story of Sandalwood in Kenya. The video shows how KENFRI in Kenya
is attempting sustainable harvest of Osyris lanceolata
(African Sandalwood) [not Santalum album]. YouTube video HERE.
- Parasitic Dodder Time Lapse video. Nicely shows the counter-clockwise
circumnutation of the stems and a good anatomical section of the
haustorium. YouTube video HERE.
- Learn Your Land video about Cuscuta called The
Nutrient-Sucking Parasitic Plant by Adam Harrison is informative and
scientifically accurate. YouTube video HERE.
- This Parasitic Plant Stole Over 100 Genes From Other Plants. SciShow
News story about dodder (Cuscuta) getting genes from its host via HGT
(horizontal gene transfer). YouTube video HERE.
- Biggest flower in the world: Rafflesia arnoldii. A Redfern
Natural History Productions walk with British naturalist Stewart
McPherson through a jungle on Sumatra, Indonesia where this Rafflesia
is seen in full flower. YouTube video HERE.
- Corpse Flower Stinks of Death. A BBC Earth, The Green Planet
production with David Attenborough narrating the video about Rafflesia.
YouTube video HERE
- Parasitic plant, Living Together, The Private Life of Plants from the
BBC. This earlier video by David Attenborough also focuses upon Rafflesia
(here R. cantleyi). YouTube video HERE.
Websites on Parasitic Plants
parasitic flowering plants by Dan Nickrent and Lytton Musselman
(2004, updated 2011. APS Education Center Introductory Topics:
Introductions to the Major Pathogen Groups).
- 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.
- 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 Newsletter Past issues of this newsletter are available at
this web site. The website maintained by Old Dominion University.
- 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.
Plants. Also features mycoheterotrophic plants. Botanical Society
Striga and Orobanche
- Wikipedia treatment of Striga
- Wikipedia treatment of Orobanche
- Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Orobanchaceae. Gerald Schneeweiss web
page, University of Vienna.
- Integrated Striga Control. Web
page at Purdue Center for Global Food Security.
misunderstood mistletoe. Article by Rachel Ehrenberg for Knowable
mistletoes have to do with Christmas? APSNet feature article by
- Mistletoes of
North American conifers. USDA Forest Service publication (by
Geils, Tovar and Moody).
Mistletoe: Scribbly Gum, from ABC Science, Australia.
- Exploring the World of
Mistletoes. A wonderful series of web pages containing information
about these plants, told from the perspective of Dr. Bryan Barlow.
Queensland Plants by Roger Fryer and Jill Newland. An excellent
compilation of photos of mistletoes from this part of the world by true
Australian Butterflies Data Sheet. This page describes a number of
Loranthaceae that serve as food plants for butterfly larvae.
Management Guidebook. British Columbia Ministry of Forests.
Mistletoe Pages. Despite the broad topic implied in the
title, this page is about Viscum
Davis Pest Management Guidelines for Mistletoe. Contains advice on
dealing with both Phoradendron (broad-leaf mistletoe) and Arceuthobium
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 et al. 2015. A guide to the common
epiphytes and mistletoes of Singapore. Singapore: CENGAGE Learning
(Center for Urban Greenery and Ecology).
- Wikipedia treatment
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
of Rafflesia. Note: The
information here does not always present the most up-to-date research on
- Julie Barcelona's site
on Philippine ferns and Rafflesia.
life history. From Todd Barkman's web page, Western Michigan
- "The Stinking Corpse Lily: World's Largest Flower" on Rafflesia
is found HERE.
From Wayne's Word. A newsletter of natural history trivia by Wayne
profile: Rafflesia arnoldii. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew,
Plants of the World Online.
- Cultivation of Rafflesia patma. National Geographic web page
No specifics about the methodology are provided.