My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“My classes stress the interconnectedness of knowledge. A recent Fulbright fellowship provided the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. My teaching at Colby-Sawyer College is enhanced thanks to this experience.”
Fine and Performing Arts Professor Jon Keenan

Phoradendron californicum
Loranthaceae

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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