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Phoradendron macrophyllum (Colorado desert mistletoe)
Anderson, Wynn

Phoradendron macrophyllum

Phoradendron macrophyllum (Engelm.) Cockerell

Colorado Desert Mistletoe, Big Leaf Mistletoe, Big-leaf Mistletoe

Viscaceae (Christmas Mistletoe family)


USDA Symbol: PHMA18

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 40 inches tall, stems green, grayish green or yellowish green.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , NM , TX
Native Habitat: Hardwood forests and woodlands, parasitic on a variety of trees, especially alder, ash, elm, gum, maple, oak, poplar, sycamore, walnut and willow.

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 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-02-27
Research By: CBR

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