A parasitic evergreen plant of Europe (Viscum album), bearing a glutinous fruit. When found upon the oak, where it is rare, it was an object of superstitious regard among the Druids. A bird lime is prepared from its fruit.
pirita The mistletoe is another colourful New Zealand plant that also provides great food for tui and other birds and insects. The birds drink nectar from flowers and eat their fruits. In fact, a mistletoe flower cannot open without help from an animal partner. This video (500Kb .mov QuickTime movie) shows a tui opening a mistletoe flower. The flowers begin as sealed buds that can only be opened when a bird twists the top and the petals spring open. Without birds like tui, the mistletoe flowers would never be pollinated and so no new mistletoe seeds would ever be made. What do you think would happen if no new mistletoe seeds were made
In the North Country, the Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe ( Arceuthobium pusillum), a flowering parasite of Black Spruce ( Picea mariana). Not to be confused with that of the Druids and later holiday tradition.
Mistletoe is a plant parasitic on the branches of a tree or shrub. All mistletoes are parasitic plants in the order Santalales. This mistletoe habit has evolved independently five times: 1) Misodendraceae, 2) Loranthaceae, 3) Santalaceae (formerly considered the separate family Eremolepidaceae), and Santalaceae ( formerly treated as the separate family Viscaceae).