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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.
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(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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christii is a hemiparasite that forms root associations with one or more hosts to obtain water, nutrients and photosynthates to augment its growth (Heckard 1962).
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Brazil is one of the diversity centre of the genus, with about 65 species distributed in all major biome types of the country (Caires & Dettke, 2010) and occurring as hemiparasite on a great number of different host plant species.
In some areas, the high biomass load of this epiphyte eventually kills some branches or complete host-trees, for this reason the species has been considered a hemiparasite or structural parasite (Montana et al.
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