Palo Verde tree and mistletoe

Palo Verde tree and mistletoe

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Credit: BOB GIBBONS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Palo Verde tree and mistletoe. Blue Palo Verde (Parkinsonia florida, left) tree with desert mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum, dark) growing in its branches. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that feeds on the water and nutrients of its host plant but is also able to photosynthesise. Photographed in a desert wash (creek) in Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, in February.

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