Parasitic plants exploit other plants for water and nutrient supply by unique structures named haustoria. In this chapter, the main modes of parasitism in the plant kingdom, hemi- and holo-parasites, are explained, briefly describing key aspects of development and structure of parasites belonging to the twenty known plant families in which parasitism is expressed.
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See also the book ' Parasitic flowering plants'