Calflora
Taxon  Report   6458    
Phoradendron californicum  Nutt.
California mesquite mistletoe,  Desert mistletoe, Mesquite mistletoe
Phoradendron californicum
© 1997 Christopher L. Christie
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Phoradendron californicum
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Phoradendron californicum
© 2018 Matt Berger
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
© 2010 Steve Matson
Family: VISCACEAE  
Genus: Phoradendron
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub

Toxicity: MINOR, DERMATITIS

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Phoradendron californicum var. distans
PLANTS: Phoradendron californicum var. leucocarpum
More information about  Phoradendron californicum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (PHCA8)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 19, 2018).

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