FRUIT: white-pinkish, glabrous, 4 mm in diameter. SHOOTS: 3-5 dm high, green, glabrous, the internodes 8-15 mm long. LEAVES: oblanceolate to oblong, sessile, 1.5-2.5 cm long, 2-3 mm wide, glabrous. INFLORESCENCE: staminate spikes with usually 1 fertile segment, with 6-10 flowers per segment; pistillate spikes with usually 1 fertile segment, with 2 flowers per segment. FLOWERS: glabrous. HOST: Cupressus arizonica. NOTES: Arizona cypress forests: local in c AZ: Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Yavapai cos.; 1050-1600 m (3500-5300 ft); Jun-Aug; CA, s OR; Baja C., Mex, REFERENCES: Hawksworth, Frank G. 1994. Viscaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. Volume 27(2), 241-245.
Kearney and Peebles 1969, McDougall 1873
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Subshrub General: Perennial, aerial parasitic subshrub, much-branched, herbage greenish-yellow to brown. Leaves: Mostly less than 10 mm wide, linear-spatulate to oblong, not more than 10 mm wide, sessile or subsessile. Flowers: Two per node, borne on pistillate spikes not more than 5 mm long, spikes 1-2 jointed, calyx of both male and females flowers 3-lobed, staminate ones 6-12 flowered, pistillate ones with 2 flowers at each node, anthers 2-celled. Fruits: White or straw-colored globose berries. Ecology: Found on Abies concolor, Juniperus, and Cupressus from 3,500-7,000 ft (1067-2134 m). Notes: The keys to this species are the pistillate flowers 2 per node, the leaves linear-spatulate to oblong, less than 10 mm wide, sessile or subsessile, and the spikes of the flower not more than 5 mm long. Ethnobotany: Uncertain, but other species in the genera have uses. Etymology: Phoradendron is from Greek phor, a thief and dendron, tree-hence tree thief because of its parasitism, while bolleanum is of uncertain origin. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2010, LCrumbacher 2011