Enumeration of the host plants of Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f.) Ett. in and around Rajshahi city, Bangladesh
M Tarikul Hasan, M Abdus Samad
Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f) Ett. Belonging to the family Loranthaceae, comprising the most notorious hemiparasitic plant that has been occurred as a menace on ornamentals, fruits and timber yielding plants. An organized survey was carried out for the enumeration of host plant species in entire City of Rajshahi including township and its surrounding area for six consecutive months (September 2018 to February 2019). Fifty species belonging to twenty-one families of dicotyledons were found infested by this parasite in the study area. The major families of host species were Caesalpiniaceae, Combretaceae, Meliaceae, Mimosaceae and Moraceae. Albizia, Ficus and Terminalia were found as a major genus. Among the recorded plants, forty-two were tree species, seven species were shrubs and Campsis radicans was a climber. However, the present work will be helpful to the researcher for the identification of host plants for Dendrophthoe falcata (L.f) Ett. of study area.