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The survival of a rare New Zealand species of mistletoe that produces

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The survival of a rare New Zealand species of mistletoe that produces spectacular sprays of scarlet flowers is threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also because their flowers are pollinated by two species of birds whose populations are in decline.

A. is threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also because their
B. is threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and because its
C. is threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also its
D. are threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and its
E. are threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and because their

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Between A and B, I chose A. I can't understand why "their" is wrong. Pls help.
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The survival of a rare New Zealand species of mistletoe that produces spectacular sprays of scarlet flowers is threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also because their flowers are pollinated by two species of birds whose populations are in decline.
A. is threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also because their
B. is threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and because its
C. is threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also its
D. are threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and its
E. are threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and because their

Between A and B, I chose A. I can't understand why "their" is wrong. Pls help.


Please underline the required part of the question.

To answer your question, in original question their seems to refer to a rare New Zealand species of mistletoe which is singular. Hence, its is needed instead of their. If you are confused whether it is singular or plural, please refer to non-underlined verb produces:
a rare New Zealand species of mistletoe that produces
This is the correct subject verb agreement, hence, its is appropriate.

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The survival of a rare New Zealand species of mistletoe that produces spectacular sprays of scarlet flowers is threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also because their flowers are pollinated by two species of birds whose populations are in decline.
A. is threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also because their (a rare species is singular)
B. is threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and because its (correct)
C. is threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and also its (Both X and Y idiom not parallel)
D. are threatened both because its leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and its (Same as A)
E. are threatened both because their leaves are extremely tasty to a voracious opossum species and because their (same as D)
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