Watercolor from specimen found in the Castle Dome Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona on 23 Feb. 1992. The bird is a male Phainopepla.
Berries are eaten by birds. The hard seeds are then passed through the alimentary canal or else regurgitated and left on a branch. There they can germinate and establish a root system within the host plant. Location Organ Pipe Cactus NM.
The beautiful butterfly known as the Purple Hairstreak feeds on this plant in the larval (caterpillar) stage.
Great Purple Hairstreak
PARASITIC SHRUB: A pendulous shrub up to a
meter in length growing from the branches of one of the leguminous
trees (Ironwood, Mesquite, Palo Verde, Acacia), infrequently in other woody
plants, even Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata.
Viscaceae -- Mistletoe Family
Ripe berries and open flowers were found in the Four Peaks foothills, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 17 Jan. 2015.
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