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Phoradendron californicum

Phoradendron californicum Nutt.

California Mesquite Mistletoe, Desert Mistletoe, Mesquite Mistletoe

Viscaceae (Christmas Mistletoe family)

Synonym(s): Phoradendron californicum var. distans, Phoradendron californicum var. leucocarpum

USDA Symbol: PHCA8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Pendulous stems up to about 5 feet long, grayish green to reddish green.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Nov , Dec


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Desert scrub or washes, parasitic on mesquite and acacia.

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


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

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