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A plant, such as mistletoe, that obtains some nourishment from its host but also photosynthesizes. Also called semiparasite.

hem′i·par′a·sit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.


(ˌhɛmɪˈpærɪˌsaɪt) or


1. (Botany) a parasitic plant, such as mistletoe, that carries out photosynthesis but also obtains food from its host
2. (Biology) an organism that can live independently or parasitically
hemiparasitic adj
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Noun1.hemiparasite - a parasitic plant that contains some chlorophyll and therefore is capable of photosynthesis
parasitic plant - plant living on another plant and obtaining organic nutriment from it
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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.
Phoradendron californicum are perennial, dwarf hemiparasites which once established, rely entirely upon their hosts for their supply of water and various mineral nutrients (Hollinger 1983).