Scurrula ferruginea – Rusty-Leaf Mistletoe

Other notes

Natural History: Native Parasitic Shrub.

A hemi-parasitic shrub growing on branches of other trees. It can be easily recognised by the rusty brown layer present on the whole plant.


Note: This plant has been recorded as a new larval host plant for Pratapa icetas – Dark Blue Royal by Tarun Karmakar and Sarika Baidya from West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh in October 2016.



Karmakar, T., R. Nitn, V. Sarkar, S. Baidya, S. Mazumder, V.K. Chandrasekharan, R. Das, G.S.G. Kumar, S. Lokhande, J. Veino, L. Veino, R. Veino, Z. Mirza, R.V. Sanap, B. Sarkar and K. Kunte. (2018). Early stages and larval host plants of some northeastern Indian buterfies. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(6): 11780–11799.

Robinson, G.S., P.R. Ackery, I. Kitching, G.W. Beccaloni, and L.M. Hernández. (2023). HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum. [DOI]

Urban Forest (2023): Scurrula ferruginea. Accessed on: 17 Jul 2023. [URL]

WFO (2023): Scurrula ferruginea Danser. Accessed on: 17 Jul 2023. [URL]

Page citation

Karmakar, T., S. Baidya and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Scurrula ferruginea Danser – Rusty-Leaf Mistletoe. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/05/24.