Bioscience

Unhealthy forests lurk under harmful mistletoe

December 15, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: NAU] – Northern Arizona University researchers say there’s nothing romantic about too much mistletoe.

Arizona has two kinds of mistletoe native to the forest. There’s the leafy, evergreen variety found in cottonwoods and oak trees in places such as Oak Creek Canyon and along the Verde River. This is the one that can bring you kisses.

Then there’s its high-country cousin, the dwarf mistletoe. This one lives off conifers and can bring the kiss of death.

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