Mistletoe Part 2

We talked about the mistletoes of the Bluegrass a while ago.  There are actually two broad groups of mistletoes in North America, the true mistletoes, which are found on hardwoods, and the dwarf mistletoes, which are only found on conifers.  We only have true mistletoe in the Bluegrass.  True mistletoe is fairly easy on its host plant – it only gets water and mineral nutrients.  Dwarf mistletoe is a serious parasite that meets all its needs by stealing from its host plant.  This slideshow shows the difference between true and dwarf mistletoe.  (See Part 1, about true mistletoe, here)

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