Subject: mistlotoe
From: Donald Glasco <>
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 10:57:00 +1000 (EST)
>Why is it that the leaves of various species of mistletoe resemble those of
>the host tree?

Sorry I can't site a source, but I recall reading somewhere that mistletoe 
resembles the host because, in part, because of hormones. Growth hormones 
in the host affect the shape of (host) leaves. When these are absorbed by 
the mistletoe the same hormones have a similar effect on the mistletoe leaves.

Don Glasco <>

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