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• Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemi-parasitic
plants in several families in the order Santalales. The plants in
question grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or
Mistletoe in the genus Viscum :
• The name was originally applied to Viscum album (European
Mistletoe, Santalaceae), the only species native in Great
Britain and much of Europe. European mistletoe, Viscum
album is readily recognized by its smooth-edged oval
evergreen leaves borne in pairs along the woody stem, and
waxy white berries in dense clusters of 2 to 6. In America the
genus Viscum does not grow wild but the Eastern Mistletoe
(in the genus Phoradendron) is similar, but has shorter,
broader leaves and longer clusters of 10 or more berries.
• Viscum album is a poisonous plant that causes acute
gastrointestinal problems including stomach pain, and
diarrhea along with low pulse.[1] However, both European
Mistletoe and the North American species, Phoradendron
serotinum, are commercially harvested for Christmas