Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Viscus album

Gui blanc
Mistletoe

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Provence Verte,

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

3 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

to 40 cm dia.

Description

Mistletoe is a parasite. At Sainte Baume the Hawthorn tree is one of the host trees. The stalkless flowers are either male or female. The berries are poisonous to humans; birds are able to eat them and, in doing so, spread them from tree to tree, resulting in the familiar large clumps of mistletoe.

A holy plant of the Druids. It was linked to fertility rites from which the custom of kissing under the mistletoe has arisen.

Flowers

Flowers small, green, 4-petalled. Male and female flowers are very similar, growing on separate plants.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Narrowly oval to long, wider in the middle, rounded tip, opposite, leathery, stalkless, 7 cm long.

Fruits Seeds

Berry: mistletoe berry, white and sticky.

Medical

Leaves and stem: internally to treat mild hypertension, hardening of the arteries, nervous tension.

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