Mistletoe

Phoradendron flavescens

Mistletoe


Mistletoe is a parasitic plant whose green leaves and small white berries are popular decorations at Christmas. The entire plant is poisonous, especially the berries, which as with many other white-berried plants, are extremely toxic. Eating the berries will cause acute stomach and intestinal pains, diarrhea, weak pulse, mental disturbances, and the collapse of blood vessels. Death has occurred within ten hours after ingestion.