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Common Name: False Mistletoe
Phoradendron leucarpum is a
N. America - New Jersey to Florida, west to Illinois and Texas.
A parasite growing on deciduous trees, especially Acer rubrum and Nyssa spp[
A parasitic plant, growing on the branches of several deciduous species of trees. It has a wide range of hosts, though it is usually only found on one species in any given area[
]. The host tree must be at least 20 years old[
This species is seldom cultivated since it can severely weaken its host[
A tea made from the leaves is said to procure abortions and also to prevent conception[
]. It causes an increase in uterine contractions and helps to stop bleeding after parturition[
]. When injected into the blood it increases blood pressure[
This is a parasitic plant that grows entirely on the host tree. To grow it you need to obtain berries and squash them onto the branches of host trees in late autumn and early winter[
]. This is best done on the lower side of the branch[
]. It is then simply a matter of waiting and hoping.