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Mistletoe (Viscum album)

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This is a hemi-parasitic shrub, which grows in the crowns of broad-leaved trees, particularly apple, lime, hawthorn and poplar. It has stems 30�100 centimetres (12�39 in) long with dichotomous branching. The leaves are in opposite pairs, strap-shaped, entire, leathery textured. This species is dioecious and the insect-pollinated flowers are not obvious being yellowish-green and small - only 2�3 millimetres. The fruit is a white or yellow berry containing one (very rarely several) seed embedded in the very sticky, glutinous fruit pulp.

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10th Dec 2012 by Karen Davies

Subjects:
Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Vienna, Austria

Keywords:
mistletoe Christmas berries plant

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