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We are often repulsed by anything that is parasitic, but this is not the case with the mistletoe. You have probably seen it at Christmas time-maybe you have even gotten a kiss underneath it! Mistletoes are semi-parasites. They take water and inorganic nutrients from the host trees, but produce their own sugars through photosynthesis. I remember selling mistletoe with the Boy Scouts as a fundraiser. I knew that it grew on the branches of the trees it fed on, and I always wanted to see it that way-instead of in a box.
Key Words: Green plants parasitic on tree branches.
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