Bollean Mistletoe

Common Names:
Bollean Mistletoe
Scientific name:
Phoradendron bolleanum
Elevation range:
3,500 - 5,300 ft.
Flowering Months:
January, February, March
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Parasite/Hemiparasite, Food for insects & larvae, Food for birds
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

Bollean Mistletoe is a very interesting hemiparasitic plant. It has the ability to both photosynthesize and draw nutrients and water from their host trees and plants via haustorium as many other hemiparasites do, such as Broomrapes. It has very showy berries that are red or white that birds love, and is found attached to branches in trees. The Mistletoe genus is "Phoradendron" which comes from Greek meaning "tree thief".