Mistletoe in Cranham

Mistletoe in Cranham
by John Robinson from Upminster GB on 06 Dec 2020

Now that the leaves have fallen, clumps of Mistletoe can occasionally be seen. In a normal year, this tree in Cranham might have been a popular stopping-off place for couples on their way home from the nearby pub. Perhaps not in virus-torn 2020 though! Mistletoe seeds stick to tree branches when birds wipe their beaks on them, after eating the berries (which are poisonous to humans). The plant then grows as a parasite, getting its nutrition from the tree sap. In ancient times it was associated with fertility, hence our modern tradition of kissing under it.


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