Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santalaceae :: aka mistletoe

mistletoe, one of my favorite holiday traditions
interesting facts about mistletoe (taken from
1. it is a hemi-parasitic plant
2. it causes gastrointestinal problems
and finally
3. "It was the plant of peace in Scandinavian antiquity. If enemies met by chance beneath it in a forest, they laid down their arms and maintained a truce until the next day." This ancient Scandinavian custom led to the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe."

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