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Mistletoe: Lover, Fighter, Forest Savior

December 20, 2012
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When hung over a threshold, a sprig of mistletoe is a matchmaker; in the wild, the plant is a parasite known as the "thief of trees." Now, thanks to a recent study in Australia, mistletoe has a new reputation: forest savior. Field research indicates it's actually a beneficial plant, critical to a healthy ecosystem. 

Mistletoe: the Parasite