Phoradendron californicum Mesquite Mistletoe
PERENNIAL. Dense bundles of leafless, stringy branches grow as
parasites on woody legumes (Prosopis, Cercidium, Acacia, etc.). Branches
are dark green in summer but turn reddish brown in winter when the berries
ripen. Berries are white, strongly flushed with pink, orange, or
red. Provides food and nesting sites for the Phainopepla. Occasional
in the Empires, usually on larger trees along washes.
FAMILY: Viscaceae (Mistletoe Family)