|Mistletoe on a street-planted Rowan tree in Hayes. Male plant in flower. 16 February 2016.|
It's also not well known that the plants come in separate genders. The male flowers above are all you will get on that mistletoe plant.
|Rowan with two Mistletoe plants in Hayes, 17 March 2016. Female Mistletoe on the left, male on the right.|
|Mistletoe on a street-planted Rowan tree in Hayes. Female plant with flowers and berries. 9 March 2016.|
The sticky seeds are spread by birds, mostly Mistle-thrushes in the UK, hence the bird's name. They do not seem to have been very hungry this winter as there are lots of berries left.
I was interested to see that the male flowers opened about a month before the female ones. But there was still plenty of male pollen available when the female flowers eventually cracked open.