Taxon  Report   6458 
Phoradendron californicum  Nutt.
California mesquite mistletoe,  Desert mistletoe, Mesquite mistletoe
Phoradendron californicum
© 2003 Michael Charters
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Phoradendron californicum
© 2010 Steve Matson
Phoradendron californicum
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Phoradendron californicum, a dicot, is a shrub (parasitic) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Phoradendron californicum
© 1997 Christopher L. Christie
Genus: Phoradendron
Creosote Bush Scrub
Toxicity: MINOR, DERMATITIS   [California Poison Control System]    
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Phoradendron californicum var. distans
PLANTS: Phoradendron californicum var. leucocarpum
More information about  Phoradendron californicum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Sep 21, 2018).

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