US 1964 Christmas ; Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) 5c. Scott. 1255

US 1964 Christmas ; Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) 5c. Scott. 1255

Series: Christmas 1964 Issue

Stamp details: Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum)

Issued date: 09-11-1964 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 5c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1255
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1237
Michel (Germany): 870x
Yvert et Tellier (France): 770

Dimensions (height x width):
26mm x 22mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Giori Press

Stamp Colors: Green, Carmine and Black
Perforation: Perf 11 x 11
Paper: Ordinary

Themes: Christmas, Leaves, Plants

Total print: 351,940,000 (estimate)

Description: Phoradendron leucarpum is a species of mistletoe in the Viscaceae family which is native to the United States and Mexico. Its common names include American mistletoe, eastern mistletoe, hairy mistletoe and oak mistletoe. It is native to Mexico and the continental United States. It is hemiparasitic, living in the branches of trees. The berries are white and 36 millimeters (0.120.24 in). It has opposite leaves that are leathery and thick. Ingesting the berries can cause "stomach and intestinal irritation with diarrhea, lowered blood pressure, and slow pulse". This shrub can grow to 1 meter (3.3 ft) by 1 meter (3.3 ft).