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Pineland Mistletoe

Arceuthobium vaginatum

Pineland Dwarf Mistletoe, Arceuthobium vaginatum, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed growing in Ponderos Pines on Mt, Ord, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 24 July 2011.

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SHRUB: PARASITIC on twigs and branches of Ponderosa Pine as well as other pine species. Dense clusters of orange-yellow twigs growing directly from smaller branches and twigs.

FLOWERS: Small flowers about the same color as the stems.

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. Dispersed by fruit-eating birds or else pops open explosively to disperse seeds.


Viscaceae -- Mistletoe Family

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