Definition of hemiparasite in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɛmɪˈparəsʌɪt/


A plant which obtains or may obtain part of its food by parasitism, e.g. mistletoe, which also photosynthesizes.
Example sentences
  • Angiosperm root hemiparasites attach to the root system of a host plant and extract xylem sap after gaining contact with xylem vessels.
  • In the case of hemiparasites that rely on solutes from the host transpiration stream, it is clear that a higher conductance of parasite xylem and stomata sustains water flux from the host.
  • Rhinanthus minor is a facultative hemiparasite found in natural and semi-natural grasslands throughout the UK and Europe.

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