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Juniper with Mistletoe


Juniper with Mistletoe

The basic adaptation of desert perennials is the ability of their roots to pursue water. The juniper, Juniperus californica, an evergreen conifer, needs relatively rich soil and has a deep-reaching tap root. By contrast, the roots of the parasitic mistletoe, Phoradendron densum, tap directly into the juniper for moisture.

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