Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Phoradendron californicum Nuttall
Family: Santalaceae, formerly Viscaceae
Phoradendron californicum is a drooping mistletoe found on mesquite. The leaves are reduced to scalelike bracts and
are mostly connate (pairs are joined). Phoradendron californicum is a lower elevation mistletoe that is common along I-10 between Texas Canyon and Benson, Arizona. It comes as far east as Road Forks, New Mexico, and into
Duncan, Arizona, both of which are only a few miles from the border of the Gila National Forest. However, as of yet, Phoradendron californicum
has not been found in the Gila National Forest.
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Phoradendron californicum, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, along I-10 near Texas Canyon, AZ, June 25, 2009
Phoradendron californicum, closeup of connate and bractlike leaves, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, along I-10 near Texas Canyon, AZ, June 25, 2009
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