Arceuthobium americanum (Mistletoe)

Here is mistletoe, a female plant with ripe fruits, on Lodgepole Pine. There doesn't seem to be a heavy infestation of this in our local forests at present. It is native, and is probably eaten by assorted critters, as is mistletoe on Ponderosa. See Arceuthobium vaginatum for a comparison. This plant shoots ripe seeds great distances, an amazing feat of botanical athleticism. Compare with Arceuthobium vaginatum, Ponderosa mistletoe.