Desert mistletoe is a hemiparasitic shrub on
the branches mostly of Acacia, Dalea, Prosopsis,
Olneya, and Cercidium. It appears as a clustered mass
of slender, terete stems to 40" long, and is generally pendent
in age, reddish to green. The leaves are scalelike and the flowers are
minute and unisexual. The staminate inflorescences are 4-10-flowered,
and the pistillate ones are 2-3-flowered. The fruit is globose, white
to reddish-pink, about 1/8" in diameter. Desert mistletoe is spread
from host to host largely by birds as they feed, and it blooms from
January to March.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Phoradendron
Pronunciation: fore-a-DEN-dron ka-li-FOR-ni-kum.
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