Eastern dwarf mistletoe
The Arceuthobium pusillum Peck, or eastern dwarf mistletoe, is a parasitic, seed bearing, flowering plant that infects mainly black, white, and red spruce coniferous tree stands. The name Arceuthobium comes from the Latin words Arkeuthos meaning juniper and Bios meaning life. The name pusillum comes from the Latin word meaning very small or little. So, one could say that the Latin translation of Arceuthobium pusillum is, little juniper of life. The Taxonomical classification of the eastern dwarf mistletoe is as follows:
Domain - Eukaryota
Organism in the Eukaryote domain exhibit a membrane bound true nucleus.
Kingdom - Plantae
Organisms in the Plantae kingdom are multicellular and produce energy through photosynthesis.
Phylum - Magnoliophyta (Flowering Plants)
Organisms in the Magnoliophyta phylum are angiosperms or flowering plants, these are the most wide spread group of land plants.
Class - Magnoliopsida (Dicotyledons)
Organisms in the Magnoliopsida class are dicots which are flowering plants whose seeds usually exhibit two embryonic leaves.
Order - Santalales
Organisms in the Santalales order are distinguished by having a one-celled inferior ovary
Family - Viscaceae
Organisms in the Viscaceae family are parasitic plants on the branches of trees. They have a single seed fruit berry and most exhibit a scale-like leaf.
Genus - Arceuthobium
Organisms in the Arceuthobium genera all induce a symptom called witch's broom in their host, which is a cluttered growth of branches.
Species - Arceuthobium Pusillum