M.C. Johnst. ssp. tomentosum
Oak mistletoe is a stout, green, parasitic perennial much branched with woody, rather brittle stems and covered with short, shaggy hairs. The leaves are opposite, thick, ± dark green, obovate-elliptic, and 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" long. Mistletoe is dioecious, with the inconspicuous staminate and pistillate flowers on separate plants. The staminate inflorescence is a jointed spike with 25-30 flowers in each fertile internode, and the flowers have three sepals and sessile two-chambered anthers. There are generally 10-15 flowers on each pistillate spike. The fruit is a sessile, ovoid to globose berry that is pinkish white and about 3/16" in diameter. This species of mistletoe is typically found on oak trees, sometimes on other broad-leaved trees such as Arctostaphylos, Adenostema, Rhus and Umbellularia. The period of anthesis is mainly July to September.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Phoradendron 2) leucarpum 3) tomentosum.