South Texas Vine..

Asked June 28, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

II was hoping you could ID this vine for me. I've never seen anything like this one. It's a vine and grew 15 feet up into a Mesquite tree in Zavala County just south of Batesville, TX. The small stems were green but not a single leaf anywhere. It's a very odd looking vine. I hope the photos are descriptive/large enough.
I posted the photos on a website I maintain:
The vines near the base:
A clump of the stems about 4 feet off the ground:
and a photo of it about 15 feet up in the Mesquite:
It smelled a bit like a milkweed.

Zavala County Texas

2 Responses

Looks to be Desert Mistletoe, Phoradendron californicum. Please feel free to call me for more information at 956.361.8236.


Thanks for the response. I went back a couple of weeks ago and grabbed a sample and took it to our "neighborhood plant guru" according to her, it is Vine Ephedra -Ephedra pedunculata Engelm. I looked up Phoradendron californicum and it appears it would have to be a pretty significant range extension for S TX. Also, this was a vine (that rooted in the ground) not parasitic like mistletoe. This was a new one for me as the only ephedra spps. I knew in this area was mormon tea. Thank you for the response. JP