hemiparasite


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hemiparasite

[¦he·mē′par·ə‚sīt]
(ecology)
A parasite capable of a saprophytic existence, especially certain parasitic plants containing some chlorophyll. Also known as semiparasite.
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We compare in vivo gas-exchange data and in vitro RUBISCO activity for a holoparasite (Orobanche corymbosa), a hemiparasite (Pedicularis canadensis), and a nonparasite (Antirrhinum majus) in the family Scrophulariaceae.
Striga species, so-called witchweeds, are obligate root hemiparasites belonging to the Orobanchaceae, and represent the biggest weed threat to agriculture of sub-Saharan Africa.
Sandalwood didn't work for us in our manicured environment," says Fernandes, "because they are hemiparasites [trees that get part of their food from parasitism] and need more hosts than we had for them.