Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
Another couple photographs from Mexico today, courtesy of David Tarrant – thanks again, David!
Parrot-flower mistletoe is a member of the plant family Loranthaceae, the largest of the “mistletoe families”. Psittacanthus relies on birds twice in its life-cycle: once for pollination and again for dispersal of seeds (the birds eat the fruit and defecate the seeds on branches).
Though this particular plant is not parasitizing a conifer, the best information online on “Psittacanthus in Mexico” that I can find is a chapter by the same name in Mistletoes of North American Conifers (PDF), a cooperative technical report by scientists in USA, Mexico and Canada.