Phoradendron leucarpum

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Scientific Name:Phoradendron leucarpum
Synonym:Phoradendron serotinum
Common Name:Mistletoe
Authority: (Raf.) Rev. & M.C. Johnson
Etymology:Phoradendron is Greek for "tree thief" referring to the parasitic nature of the plant and leucarpum is Greek for "white fruits" which this species has.
C Value:7
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Genus in Illinois:
Flower Type:Imperfect
Flower Shape:Actinomorphic (radially symmetrical)
Flower # of Parts:3
Flower Color:Green, Yellow
Growth Habit:Woody
Leaf Arrangement:Opposite
Leaf Type:Simple
Leaf Shape:Oval (widest at middle)
Leaf Shape Term:
Leaf Margin:Entire
Leaf Toothing:N/A
Stem Surface:Pubescent
Twig Characteristics:Green and pubescent with stellate hairs.
Distribution:BONAP Distribution Map
Status (State):Not Listed
Status (Federal):Not Listed
ID Tips:This species is easily identified in the winter because it is evergreen and grows on deciduous trees.
Gee Whiz:This plant is often used during the winter holidays, prompting those who stand beneath a piece of mistletoe attached to the wall to kiss. The tradition started in ancient Greece, because the plant was seen as a symbol of life and fertility due to the fact that is stays green in the winter.

This plant may be seen as a symbol of life so it's ironic that it actually deprives its host of life because it is parasitic.  

More Info:Illinois Wildflowers Search