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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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Adj.1.hemiparasitic - of or relating to plants that are hemiparasites
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These cells were only believed to exist in the haustorium of the root hemiparasites but in 1984, the first report of these elements in the stem and haustorium of aerial hemiparasitic plants was recorded [12].
However, today, Orobanchaceae also includes hemiparasitic species and is comprised of 89 genera and 2061 species (Bennett & Mathews 2006).
The term 'mistletoe' is generally applied to plants with a similar hemiparasitic lifestyle and a certain degree of taxonomical relationship in three families: Loranthaceae, Viscaceae, and Eremolepidaceae (Bar-Sela, 2011).
In Australia, the native hemiparasitic vine, Cassytha pubescens (Loranthaceae), modifies interactions among three nonnative species: a pollinator (Apis mellifera), a seed predator (Bruchidius villosus), and the invasive legume Cytisus scoparius (Prider et al., 2011).
Fer 2003.Characterization of nitrogen relationships between Pearl millet bicolor and the root hemiparasitic angiosperm Striga hermonthica(Del.) Benth.
It is interesting that in natural landscapes in Tamaulipas, scale colonies developed on mistletoes, hemiparasitic plants from the genus Phoradendron, but not on Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd., Guazuma ulmifolia Lam., Salix humboldtiana Willd.