Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Phoradendron leucarpum (Rafinesque) Reveal & M.C. Johnston ssp. leucarpum . American Mistletoe, Christmas Mistletoe. Phen: Oct-Nov (-Mar); Nov-Jan (-May). Hab: Parasitic on various species of trees, especially abundant in swamp forests (perhaps because they are less frequently cut and have older, more mature hardwoods). Dist: NJ west to s. OH, s. IN, and s. MO, south to s. FL and s. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = K3, Mo3, Va, Abbott & Thompson (2011); = Phoradendron leucarpum – K4; = Phoradendron serotinum ssp. serotinum – Kuijt (2003); = Phoradendron tomentosum ssp. tomentosum – Tx; > Phoradendron eatonii – S; < Phoradendron flavescens – F, G, WV; > Phoradendron flavescens – S; < Phoradendron leucarpum – Ar, Fl4, FNA12, Il, K1, NY, Pa, Tn, WH3; > Phoradendron macrotomum – S; < Phoradendron serotinum – C, RAB, W, Kuijt (1982); > Phoradendron serotinum – GrPl; > Phoradendron tomentosum – GrPl, NcTx

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Phoradendron leucarpum, fruit and flowers, River Bed Wildlife Management Area, Lower Tract, Laurens County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source
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