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Parasitic shrub attached to branchlets and main trunks of trees; young stems green, angled; branches sympodial (cyme-like); leaves opposite, simple, oblong-elliptic, base acute, margin entire, apex rounded, of leathery texture; flowers small, greenish yellow, on spikes arising from the nodes.
This and other mistletoes qualify as water parasites. Water and dissolved mineral nutrients are obtained from the host tree through the sucker-like attachment organ. The mistletoe is green and photosynthetic, most likely manufacturing for itself all the organic food (sugars) required for growth and development.