Mistletoe , Science

Naked mistletoe!

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What does mistletoe look like with no clothes on? Or, more accurately, with no bark on? Way back in the winter of 1982/83 I spent many hours decorticating (stripping bark off) African mistletoes, with some interesting results. And, having deliberately collected quite a lot of small English mistletoe haustoria (the host/parasite interface – see left) last winter I decided recently to re-visit the process. How’s it done? You simply boil them for a couple of […]