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Viscus album

Gui blanc
Mistletoe

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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 love them and 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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