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Viscum album
Viscum album
Photographer: François Meignant

ID: 0000 0000 1107 0626 (2007-11-15)

Copyright © 2007 François Meignant

  • date of photo  Nov 15, 2007
  • location   Vittarville (Meuse) in a hedge on the side of the road. On a wild Apple-tree. (Lorraine, France)
  • family Viscaceae
  • plant community   Parasite growing on various kind of trees, especially Poplars, Willows and Apple-trees.
  • notes   Grows in trees, in balls of 20-100cm of diameter. It was a sacred plant for the ancient Gauls when it was growing on Oaks, which is very rare... Symbolizing eternity (it's always green) and the moon because of its fruits. Was used to make birdlime. The name Viscum means 'viscous'. Seeds are carried by the bird thrush (Turdus).
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Gui, Mistletoe, Maretak, Mistel (photographer)
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