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Pinyon Dwarf Mistletoe

Arceuthobium divaricatum

Dwarf Mistletoe, Arceuthobium divaricatum, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed growing in Piñon Pines along Rim Trail, South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA. 4 December 2010.

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SHRUB: PARASITIC on twigs and branches of Pinyon Pine appearing yellowish green and consisting of numerous slender twigs. Normally about 10 to 20 cm in diameter.

FLOWERS: Small greenish flowers that none-the-less produce nectar and attract pollinating insects. Flowers after monsoon.

LEAVES: Leaves scale like and not apparent.

RANGE: Found at same elevations as its host, above 1300 m. from California to Texas and south into Mexico.

FRUIT: Small dryish seed capsule. Pops open explosively to disperse seeds.


Viscaceae -- Mistletoe Family

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