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Mistletoe

Phoradendron leucarpum

Description:

Epiphyte. Parasitic-kills lateral branches. Larva of the purple hairstreak feed on this.

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5 Comments

gtmresearchreserve
gtmresearchreserve 9 years ago

Sorry also it's growing on a laurel oak

gtmresearchreserve
gtmresearchreserve 9 years ago

Thank you guys for the input it's greatly appreciated. We look forward to more updates as well!!

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Oh, I hadn't noticed you were new here - welcome to Noah! Looking forward to more spottings from the reserve,

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

I like parasites and hadn't heard of this one before. In the UK Mistletoe refers to Viscum album alone! Shame the leaves aren't visible.
By the way, epiphytes are not parasitic as they grow 'upon' their host, rather than depending on them like obligate parasites such as this.

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 9 years ago

I had to look up the "giant purple hairstreak" (ie, it's not what I see on the teens at the high school...). So do the caterpillars eat the mistletoe? What kind of a tree is this growing on? I've only seen it on oaks.

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 18, 2012
Submitted on Jan 19, 2012

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