semiparasitic


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sem·i·par·a·site

 (sĕm′ē-păr′ə-sīt′, sĕm′ī-)
sem′i·par′a·sit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
sem′i·par′a·sit·ism (-sĭ-tĭz′əm) n.

semiparasitic

(ˌsɛmɪˌpærəˈsɪtɪk)
adj
1. (Botany) (of plants, such as mistletoe) obtaining some food from a host but undergoing photosynthesis at the same time
2. (Biology) (of bacteria or fungi) usually parasitic but capable of living as a saprotroph
semiparasite n
semiparasitism n
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Adj.1.semiparasitic - of or relating to plants that are semiparasites
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To encourage flowers that you like, you may need to reduce the grasses' vigour by introducing semiparasitic plants such as Rhinanthus (rattle) and Euphrasia (eyebright).
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Many of the trees were colonized by vascular plants from the semiparasitic Loranthaceae family.