Distribution: In the Pacific Northwest on Pinus contorta and P. ponderosa (Compare range of these two species)
Habitat: Parasitic on Pinus contorta and P. ponderosa, sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains
Flowers: Late June - September
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Small, glabrous, monoecious shrubs parasitic on the branches of conifers, the stems orange-yellow to brownish, 3-15 cm. long, much-branched, the segments 1-2 mm. thick and 5- to 10-times as long; accessory branches, if any, in one plane, the branches at each node fan-like.
Leaves none, reduced to small, opposite scales.
Staminate flowers paired at each node, sessile, 2.5-3 mm. broad, yellow or orange to green, the perianth parts 3 or 4, fleshy, each bearing a sessile anther; pistillate flowers 1-2 per node, sessile or with a pedicle 1 mm. long; ovary inferior; perianth parts 2, erect; style lacking; stigma 1.
Berry ovoid, 3-5 mm. long, 1-seeded, the seed ultimately explosively expelled and tending to stick to the surface on which it lands.