Mistletoe is a parasitic plant, meaning that it needs a host plant in order to live. In the Sonoran Desert, these host plants are usually Mesquite Trees and Palo Verde Trees. Mistletoe gets all of its nutrients from the host plant, which leads to the stunted growth of the host plant, lost of limbs, and in some cases, the death of the host plant. Mistletoe has small leaves and it has juicy stems. It produces white and pink berries that birds eat. It is able to reproduce when birds eat the berries and then fly to another suitable host tree and defecate, spreading the seeds of the berries. Despite harming its host plant, many different species of animals actually rely on the Mistletoe plant for food.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:32
Specimens with Barcodes:27
Species With Barcodes:12
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Phoradendron Espinoza5736
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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