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 California, USA, in February.

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Keywords: american, angiosperm, angiosperms, biological, biology, blue palo verde, botanical, botany, california, californian, cercidium floridum, close-up, desert, desert mistletoe, detail, february, flora, landscape, nature, north america, parasite, parasitic, parasitism, parkinsonia florida, phorandendron californicum, plant, plants, tree, united states, us, usa, wild, wildlife, winter

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