Phoradendron californicum

Height: Up to 2'

Leaves: Densely clustered and scale-like. They have brownish-yellow stems and are arraigned oppositely.

Flowers/Fruit: Very small with no petals. The male and female flowers are on separate plants. The berries are red, pink or white and 1/8" in diameter. They are very sticky.

Form/Habitat: Below 4,000'. Found in the foothills. They are parasitic and mostly found on mesquite, acacia, ironwood and paloverde. Phainopepla birds spread the seeds to new hosts. Mistletoe will eventually kill the host tree.

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