Mistletoe in Britain – a review paper

BIBpaperimageAlmost the end of January, so it will soon be mistletoe flowering season and, of course, mistletoe seed germination season. That’s one of the many odd things about mistletoe – it flowers and germinates in late winter, the season when most plants are merely beginning to plan such energetic activities.

If you’re interested in reading more about this and other odd mistletoe stuff there’s a new review, published just a month ago, in the journal British & Irish Botany.  It is, as the author (me) says in the opening paragraphs, “by no means an exhaustive review”.  In other words a lot more could be said, but the paper gives, I hope, a reasonable overview of the concepts and issues. It certainly covers a lot of ground and took a while to compile.

There will be, within a few months, another mistletoe review paper in the Journal of Ecology, as part of the Biological Flora of the British Isles series.  More about that one – a collaborative paper – when it’s ready.

Happy National Mistletoe Day!

berriesAs all mistletoe enthusiasts should know, today,  1st December, is National Mistletoe Day, first announced way back in 2005.  That was when it was put forward, after representations by myself and other members of the original Tenbury English Mistletoe Enterprise team, in an Early Day Motion in the UK Parliament.

It was never taken any further than that at parliamentary level, so perhaps has no formal status. But no-one actually objected, so that was good enough for us.  And 17 MPs signed it.  Which isn’t too shabby.

EDM

gasmaskmistletoephotoI do hope everyone is celebrating in a suitable way, albeit through masks.

If you want to read the whole EDM – and see the full list of signatories – click here:  https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/29136


No Mistletoe Day is complete without mistletoe.  If you want your own supply in future years you need a Mistletoe Grow-Kit!  Available from the English Mistletoe Shop website at englishmistletoeshop.co.uk

And for more general mistletoe Information visit the Mistletoe Pages website.