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Mistletoe on Beech

Viscum album is native to temperate regions of Europe. It is a parasitic evergreen shrub that grows on the branches of old trees. The plant extracts its nutrients and water by sending roots into the bark of the tree it grows on.


Druids believed mistletoe on oak or apple trees provided protection from evil. Its method of growth and reproduction led many people to link the plant with spontaneous generation and fertility. In Britain, traditionally, a woman who stands underneath mistletoe cannot refuse a man a kiss.


This picture was taken in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, England.


Here are mistletoe berries.

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Taken on November 26, 2006