Sonoran Desert Mistletoes

Hemi-parasites growing usually hanging downward from branches of woody shrubs or trees. The small flowers are inconspicuous, but quite fragrant. Stems appear to be jointed or segmented. Fruit a berry.

Desert Mistletoe

Phoradendron californicum

Mistletoe ÷

Phoradendron macrophyllum

Grows pendantly from various desert trees, especially mesquite and palo verde. Mostly leafless. Detailed Description

Grows pendantly from several large deciduous tree species like cottonwoods and sycamore. Larger, tough, leathery leaves. Detailed Description

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