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Aeginetia indica, commonly known as Indian broomrape[1] or forest ghost flower, is a holoparasitic herb of the plant family Orobanchaceae, which occurs in Asia. It is a root-parasite commonly found in the monsoon season on the floors of moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests of India.[2] The forest ghost flower parasitises plants of the families Cannaceae, Commelinaceae, Cyperaceae, Juncaceae, Poaceae, and Zingiberaceae.[3]

Forest Ghost Flower
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Forest Ghost Flower, Aeginetia indica
Scientific classification
A.  indica
Binomial name
Aeginetia indica
Linnaeus, 1753

The herbal plant's roots and flowers are used for medical purposes.[4]


  1. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 343. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2016 – via Korea Forest Service.
  2. ^ "Forest Ghost Flower". Retrieved 14 Jan 2014.
  3. ^ "Aeginetia indica". Orowiki. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved 14 Jan 2014.
  4. ^ "Aeginetia indica Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 632. 1753". Retrieved 24 December 2015.