Mistletoe - Viscum album

Description

Yellowish green shrub, regularly branched, hairless forming rounded clumps up to one metre across on tree branches. Leaves oblong, leathery, opposite and untoothed. Flowers inconspicuous, unisexual with male and female on separate plants, 4 parted in small stalkless clusters. Fruit a white berry during winter.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Orchards and places where the host trees are numerous.

When to see it

Flowering February to April.

Life History

Parasitic on deciduous trees, especially Apple, Lime, Hawthorn and Poplar.

UK Status

Fairly frequent, mainly found south of the Humber in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 23 of the 617 tetrads.  

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Species profile

Common names
Mistletoe
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Santalales
Family:
Santalaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
243
First record:
23/05/2009 (Gaten, Ted)
Last record:
08/04/2024 (Charity, Kenneth)

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