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Arceuthobium americanum

Arceuthobium americanum Nutt. ex Engelm.

American Dwarf Mistletoe, Lodgepole Dwarf Mistletoe, Lodgepole Pine Dwarf Mistletoe, Lodgepole Pine Dwarf-mistletoe

Viscaceae (Christmas Mistletoe family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Stems up to about 1 foot long, yellowish to olive green.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , SK
Native Habitat: Coniferous forests, parasitic primarily on Pinus contorta and P. banksiana.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arceuthobium americanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arceuthobium americanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arceuthobium americanum


Record Modified: 2020-11-16
Research By: CBR

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