Mistletoe in the Rea Valley
|From Kings Heath Park|
However the Flora for Birmingham and the Black Country, suggests that "Atmospheric pollution possibly contributes to the scarcity of this species in B&BC....", although the plant is possibly under recorded, Mistletoe seems to be increasingly present throughout the Rea Valley, the tree lined corridor may filter air pollution more effectively. - this sprig was taken from a broken cluster at Kings Heath Park
|This cluster is on a Robinia at Moor Green Lane|
Its botanical name Viscum album suggests 'sticky and white' in reference to the berries.
The Mistletoe's rather odd winter-flourishing appearance is most noticeable when the tree leaves are absent, and although considered partly parasitic (hemiparasitic) on its host, the process of photosynthesis continues whilst the tree is dormant.
|Structure and form (Wiki)|
|A festive occasion under the Mistletoe (Wiki)|