misteltoe on a scots pine in a forest – pinus sylvestris

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misteltoe on a scots pine in a forest - pinus sylvestris

By Shelley Pierce At Christmastime, one of our warm and fuzzy traditions is to kiss under the mistletoe. But did you know mistletoe is actually a parasite, one that has the potential to be a vicious tree-killing one? That’s right – just a little factoid to keep in your hip pocket if you need a great excuse for ducking out of a holiday smooch. Mistletoe actually is one of many different types of parasitic plants out there. Given that there are over 4,000 species of parasitic plants in existence, you will need some parasitic plant info to help you make sense of it all. What are Parasitic Plants? What are parasitic plants? The simple explanation is that they are heterotrophic, meaning that they are plants that rely on other plants in whole, or in part, for their water and nutrition. They are able to siphon these resources from another plant because

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