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Juniper Mistletoe

Phoradendron juniperinum

Juniper Mistletoe, Phoradendron juniperinum, © by Michael Plagens

In Peppersuace Canyon, Sta. Catalina Mts., Arizona, USA. 18 April 2010.

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SHRUB: Parasitic in trees of Juniper and Cypress. Densely branched plants are often pendulous and up to a meter long.

FLOWERS: Greenish-yellow flowers are small and affixed very close to the twigs.

LEAVES: Small leaves are reduced to scales appearing along the yellow-green twigs.

RANGE: Fairly common in sycamore canyons where there are often the host junipers. Ranges into piñon-juniper woodlands as well all across the Southwest.

FRUIT: Small whitish berries about 3mm in diameter.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Santalaceae -- Sandalwood Family
(formerly Viscaceae -- Mistletoe Family)

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