Yellowish-green woody parasites on the branches of trees, with jointed, much-branched stems and thick firm persistent leaves. Fruit an ovoid or globose fleshy berry.

Fig. 92. Phoradendron flavescens

Fig. 92. Phoradendron flavescens.

1. P. flavescens (Pursh) Nutt. American Mistletoe. A branching glabrous or slightly pubescent shrub, the twigs rather stout, terete, brittle at the base; leaves oblong or obovate, rounded at the apex, narrowed into short petioles, entire, 2.5-5 cm. long, 1-2 cm. wide, dark-green, leathery; berry globose, white, about 4 mm. in diameter. On various trees, Florida to Texas, north to New Jersey, West Virginia and Kansas (Fig. 92).