My evening walks take me out the white gate to the back 12 acres by the wash. In the wash grows many scrub trees, a kind of acacia that we call Cats Claw. It's a low growing spreading tree that is in abundance in the washes. Big clumps of mistletoe berries grow on these trees. They are pretty and look good to eat. I tried one, one day and it tasted ok but then I spit it out. Later I was roundly scolded by my Yahoo group, 'Forage Ahead' about wild edible plants. Many people die every year from mistletoe poisoning. I watched for symptoms and gratefully had none. Ask before you eat. These berries are a parasite that eventually kill the trees but they provide food for many birds. It creates a cycle of life that is part of the eco system. The acacia is a low growing spreading tree that often has hollow spaces under them that look like little tents. I actually have one tree like that where I have trimmed out some of the lower branches and actually have a little room where I have a chair. It's the child in me. I am going to set up a bonfire in the sandy area in front of the tree and have a campground. In the Spring the acacia has a furry yellow blossom that the bees and moths love. I was awe struck the first time I saw the moths. Their wings never stop and they dart at the flowers like minature hummingbirds. I actually thought they were a small hummingbird when I first saw them . They are a beautiful sight.
Mistletoe growing on Cats Claw.