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Mistletoe in willow tree

Observed: 30th November 2009 By: djn226
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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mistletoe ball in willow tree

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mistletoe interacts


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Mistletoe (Viscum album)

When visiting my sister in Normandy, You could see Mistletoe everywhere. I dont see it to often here in the South of England. Why is that? Is it removed because it is a 'parasite'?

Sam, Student.

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Viscum album

Surprisingly there seems to be little firm evidence that V. album is declining.

In the past it was widely under-recorded, many sites being regarded as introductions (although it is notoriously hard to introduce!), and of course, most botanists are tucked up at home over the winter months!

The BSBI would be glad to hear of any V. album sightings - they can be reported via the BSBI website.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

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There's more than you think

Hi Sam,
As Chris says it was, and maybe in some places still is, under-recorded. It wasn't until Bedfordshire Natural History Society ran a project to record Mistletoe and its host trees in the millennium year that I realised how much there is about. Round here Black Poplar hybrids are the most common host though its also found on Apple and Hawthorn and some surprising (to me as a non-botanist!) hosts such as an ornamental Maple sp.

Andy Banthorpe
Joint Macro-moth recorder for Bedfordshire, VC30

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djn226 (sorry don't know your

djn226 (sorry don't know your real name) why not add the scientific name by making a revision and using the get recommended button? Its easy and will add to the value of your record.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Thanks for adding the

Thanks for adding the scientific name, as suggested!

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Looks to be on Lombardy

Looks to be on Lombardy poplar. A common host at Bungay Common. I may be wrong if it is on willow it is a very rare host

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member