Host Specificity of Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. in the Manas Biosphere Reserve, Indo-Burma Hotspot

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Botany, Gauhati University, Guwahati-14, Assam, India.


The dodder plant Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. is an angiospermic leafless parasitic plant belonging to the family Cuscutaceae is abundantly found colonizing certain plant species in the premises of Manas Biosphere Reserve (MBR) and nearby area. Ten (10) angiospermic host plants in total of the above parasite were recognized. Based on the field inspection most of the numbers of patches were recorded in Ziziphus mauritiana Lamk. The host specificity, taxonomy, economic damage and control measure of the parasite have been briefly discussed in this paper.