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Comment by koshersalaami on December 23, 2017 at 4:15am

So that's what it looks like in the wild

Comment by Phyllis on December 23, 2017 at 4:48am

It was all over Texas when I lived there.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on December 23, 2017 at 7:53am

I'm not sure whether to blame the Russians or to blame Dillards...

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Comment by Anna Herrington on December 23, 2017 at 9:47am

Some oaks have balls of mistletoe all over them - not so great for the tree, but looks cool, personally.

I have some excellent photos of mistletoe blobs taking over trees now sitting on disabled laptops I haven't yet retrieved.... only noticed this month while looking for those specific photos that so many photos have been taken hostage in this way.

Found this one, though.

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 23, 2017 at 9:47am

And Amy, you see mistletoe and then think Satan????

; )

Comment by Foolish Monkey on December 23, 2017 at 11:40am

inspired by your lovely photo, i did a search and now I'm just perplexed. seems mistletoe are actually parasitic and can kill their host trees.  

how did kissing come from that?  


Comment by Anna Herrington on December 23, 2017 at 11:51am

Hi Monkey ~ mistletoe is parasitic, but is considered semi parasitic as it can also grow alone, even though it does love those oak trees.... they usurp nutrients but rather slowly so it would take a lot to kill the tree. What a biologist friend told me ages ago.

And the mistletoe was considered medicinal for thousands of years and as it thrives and flowers in winter it got lumped together with fertility and vitality.... hence the kissing. One version I've heard, anyway. There's Norse myths about it, too, but I don't know them offhand.

I just like walking through the scrub oak groves and seeing all these balls of green hanging about in winter  : )


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