Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Montana and New Mexico.
Habitat: On the branches of Pseudotsuga menziesii.
Flowers: May - June
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Small, glabrous, monoecious shrubs parasitic on the branches of Pseudotsuga menziesii, the stems greenish or bluish-green, 0.5-3 cm. long, the segments 1 mm. thick and 3- to 6- times as long; accessory branches, when present, in one plane, fan-like.
Leaves none, reduced to small, opposite scales.
Staminate flowers paired at the nodes, terminal on short, pedicle-like joints, greenish-yellow, 2 mm. broad, the perianth parts 3 or 4, fleshy, each bearing a sessile anther; pistillate flowers paired at the nodes, with a short pedicle; ovary inferior; perianth parts 2, erect; style lacking; stigma 1.
Berry ovoid, 3 mm. long, maturing the second summer, 1-seeded, the seed ultimately explosively expelled and tending to stick to the surface on which it lands.