The blog of a systematic botanist of German origin, now working in Australia. It covers botany, phylogenetics, cladistics, science in general, freethought, and occasionally sillier issues.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Botany picture #20: Viscum minimum
Viscum minimum (Santalaceae) at the Botanic Garden of Zurich, 2010. Like its larger sisters, this tiny mistletoe is a hemiparasite, drawing nutrients and water from a host plant but doing its own photosynthesis. In this case, probably only very little. The host is a succulent Euphorbia.