Value Mistletoe: Mistletoe is also a larval host.

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Value Mistletoe

By SongofJoy
December 12, 2012

Mistletoe has often been considered a pest that kills trees as well as degrading and devaluing natural habitat. The plant has now been recognized as an ecological keystone species, playing "a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, affecting many other organisms in an ecosystem and helping to determine the types and numbers of various other species in the community" (Wikipedia).

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Dec 11, 2012 6:34 PM CST
It feeds the Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus corcorani a beautiful butterfly. Smiling

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Dec 12, 2012 6:10 AM CST
I didn't know that. Thanks! Thumbs up
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frostweed
Dec 12, 2012 7:59 AM CST
I have a good amount of Mistletoe on my beautiful Arizona ash and I know they feed on it.
It grows up high and I never see the caterpillars but once in a while we get to see the beautiful butterfly. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Dec 12, 2012 8:14 AM CST
Just one more reason to value mistletoe. nodding
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frostweed
Dec 12, 2012 9:02 AM CST
Mistletoe is also the floral emblem for the state of Oklahoma, I had forgotten about that!!!
http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flowers/ok_mistletoe.htm
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virginiarose
Dec 12, 2012 11:01 AM CST
How does it kill a tree? It just hangs there and not wrapped all around the trunk like Ivy, causing rot. Also, I would like to have some but I don't know how to get it up there. Hilarious!
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SongofJoy
Dec 12, 2012 11:37 AM CST
Susan, Mistletoe plants are parasitic and take nutrients and water from their host trees. They don't always kill the trees, but sometimes that happens.

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virginiarose
Dec 12, 2012 2:21 PM CST
Oh, Jeepers! Sad
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LindaTX8
Dec 12, 2012 5:44 PM CST
For a healthy tree, a few mistletoe should be no problem! I've got some on Texas Red Oak and keep hoping those beautiful butterflies will use the one oak where I can reach the mistletoe...no luck, so far! I've heard that in Europe, they use a drug extracted from mistletoe for cancer patients.
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SongofJoy
Dec 13, 2012 4:19 AM CST
That's my understanding as well. It won't harm a healthy tree. We have it around here with few problems. And it is important as a sort of regulator for other living things inhabiting an area.
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