21 December 2020

The shortest day and magical plant

The shortest day and magical plant

21 of December is the shortest day of the year and the beginning of the astronomical winter. Despite of it we encourage to make some time for a walk among majestic nature of Oliva and get to know few intresting facts  about mistletoe. Mistletoe (Viscum album) is hemiparasite which indicates that it has capabillity to photosyntesize, but it extract water and mineral salts through haustoria from host trees. The most common subspecies prefer decidouos trees, but there are also more rare ones  (Viscum album ssp. austriacum, Viscum album ssp. abietis) which hosting on coniferous trees. White ball-shaped fruits with sticky flesh are great source of food for waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) and mistle trushes  (Turdus viscivorus).