Phoradendron juniperinum – Juniper Mistletoe

Phoradendron juniperinum - Juniper Mistletoe (fruit)

Phoradendron juniperinum - Juniper Mistletoe

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Phoradendron juniperinum

Synonym: Phoradendron ligatum

Common Name: Juniper Mistletoe

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub, Subshrub, Hemiparasite

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Upland, Mountain

Flower Color: Inconspicuous (greenish)

Flowering Season: Summer

Height: Stems to 7.8 inches (20 cm) long

Description: The tiny, greenish male and female flowers are on separate plants. The female flowers are followed by small, round, white, pinkish, or reddish berries. Birds eat the berries and are responsible for spreading and "planting" the seeds in their droppings. The leaves are tiny, scale-like, and in opposite pairs on the smooth, branched, green stems. This aerial hemiparasite grows on the woody branches of Junipers (Juniperus species).


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Santalales
Family: Viscaceae – Christmas Mistletoe family
Genus: Phoradendron Nutt. – mistletoe
Species: Phoradendron juniperinum Engelm. ex A. Gray – juniper mistletoe

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