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From Haustorium 76: Mistletoe (Viscum album) and its hosts in Britain

Viscum album, the only native British mistletoe, is rich in associated folklore, and commercially important for the Christmas markets and its
medicinal uses. Like all mistletoes, it is a hemiparasite, photosynthetic, and attached only to the host xylem, initial contact with which stimulates hypertrophy of the host tissue. It is hence a gallcauser, inducing variable but often marked and conspicuous swelling of the host.

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