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Mistletoe joint to host

Observed: 31st March 2013 By: chrisbrooks
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Mistletoe
Mistletoe
Mistletoe
Mistletoe
Description:

A fallen piece of Mistletoe that is still attached to the host species.
The horizontal twig is the host and the vertical one is the Mistletoe.
I didn’t know how Mistletoe attached itself to its host or really think that hard about it as it is generally out of reach to see properly. However the joint seems as though they are one and looks very strong.
Does anyone know how this process occurs.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mistletoe (Viscum album) interacts

Comments

steve_t's picture

Mistletoe biology

Chris, this web page has a short explanation of Mistletoe biology, http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/common-species/vis..., I hope it helps.

Steve

jhn7's picture

Wow!

How interesting! I knew about the bird link and the way they wipe the seeds from their beak but not about the biology of it. Thanks so much for the link.

Janet
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