Bioscience

Kissing plant is a tree-killer

November 30, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Arizona Daily Star] – Ah, Christmas. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Sleigh bells ringing. Mommy kissing Santa Claus under a tree-killing parasitic plant.

Mistletoe may be a festive and romantic Christmas tradition, but the plant has a sinister side: It has long infested native trees throughout the Tucson area.

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